Davina McCall says this frightening event forced her to change her life

Sarah Ilston
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From Red Online

Davina McCall has spoken out about how reaching her 'darkest place' during her addiction days empowered her to change her situation and get the job of her dreams.

The TV presenter was giving a speech to a group of 130 inner-city school girls at the launch of The Sun on Sunday's International Women's Day event, when she revealed some of the dark details of her drug abuse days; detailing how her desperation to escape feeling 'normal' led to 'a gradual overdose' of drugs, which ended with a stint in hospital.

'I was constantly trying to escape myself — I was like a piece of fruit rotting from the inside.'

Alongside a potent cocktail of cannabis and heroin, the 52 year-old star says taking a strong sedative was the final straw that resulted in hospitalisation:

'I thought, "Well, I’ll just take a valium", and the next thing I knew I woke up in hospital.'

Following what McCall describes as a 'very frightening' time, she began attending Narcotics Anonymous meetings and has now been clean since the age of 25.

In fact, the The Masked Singer judge admitted that reaching her lowest ebb in the '90s – where she was 'the person that people would have crossed the street to avoid' – was the catalyst she needed to take a proactive stance and actively change her life for the better. 'I made a conscious decision I could change me,' she said.

What resulted was a chain reaction that led to her transforming her life and breaking into the entertainment industry and going on to become the uplifting, enthusiastic, inspiration woman that has graced our screens for the past 25 years.

'Because I got clean, I got the job I’d dreamed of and that changed my life forever.'

McCall is known for her uplifting takes on life's challenges, speaking out earlier this year about how her and former husband Matthew Robertson – whom she divorced two years ago – now 'co-parent happily' and 'have both grown as people', following their 'traumatic' separation.

The pair, who share children, Holly, 18, Tilly, 16, and Chester, 13 from their 17-year marriage, acknowledged that 'it was the right thing for us to go through, even though it involved absolute emotional turmoil' at the time.

All hail Davina McCall, the positive message of inspiration we all need when dark times hit.

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