Strictly Come Dancing's Claudia Winkleman says her self-doubt is a sign of "gratitude"

Naomi Gordon
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Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images
Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images

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Strictly Come Dancing presenter Claudia Winkleman says she does little to dispel feelings of of self-doubt that she often battles with - as she sees it as a sign of "gratitude".

The TV presenter argued that feelings associated with insecurity can be a positive as they keep her feeling thankful and her feet firmly on the ground.

"People tell you that self-doubt and those feelings associated with impostor syndrome are things you shouldn’t feel, that they're bad," Claudia told Red magazine.

"Well, they're wrong. I say it to my kids all the time – when they feel wobbly about an exam or they say, 'Mum, I don’t want to go to the party,' that's perfectly fine. I have those moments every day."

Photo credit: Red/Rachell Smith
Photo credit: Red/Rachell Smith

Claudia revealed she still suffers from nerves "every time she walks down the stairs at the beginning of Strictly" but argues it's a natural feeling we all have at some point in our lives.

"When I stood in for Sara Cox on Radio 2 recently, I was so terrified that I thought I was going to be sick on myself," the broadcaster recalled.

"And every time Tess and I walk down the stairs at the beginning of Strictly, I’m like, “Oh my gosh, what is going on?' But I don't do anything to get rid of that because to me, that's gratitude. Besides, have you ever met someone who doesn’t suffer from self-doubt?"

Photo credit: Rachell Smith/Red
Photo credit: Rachell Smith/Red

Claudia also revealed the secret to her 22-year marriage with husband Kris Thykier, and it's all about sharing domestic responsibilities.

"You see, Kris is very Scandinavian," the star continued. "We've been together for 22 years and he's never once said to me, 'What's for dinner?' It's always been, 'What shall we have for dinner?'

"So we share, and when one of us is snowed under, the other person will help. He knows that in the lead-up to the Strictly final, for example, I’m useless, so he might be in charge of getting Christmas presents for our nephews and nieces……I’m not a romantic person, he’s much more romantic than me, the poor guy!"

Photo credit: Rachell Smith - Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Rachell Smith - Hearst Owned

The full interview appears in the December issue of Red, on sale the 5th November.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC1 this weekend (7 November - 8 November).

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