Strictly's Claudia Winkleman on what keeps her marriage going strong

Megan Sutton
·3-min read
Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images
Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images

From Good Housekeeping

Claudia Winkleman and her husband Kris Thykier have been a couple for 22 years and married since the year 2000. Now, the Strictly Come Dancing host has opened up about her relationship, stating that the reason its going strong after two decades is all about shared responsibility.

Speaking to Red magazine, Claudia said:

"You see, Kris is very Scandinavian. 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," Claudia said, adding: "I’m not a romantic person, he’s much more romantic than me, the poor guy!"

Photo credit: Red Magazine
Photo credit: Red Magazine

Elsewhere in the interview, the TV host chatted about being a mum of three, and learning that it's okay to let go of the notion of perfect parenting.

"There’s loads of things I could be better at, it’s just a litany of mistakes that we make as parents, right? It’s endless. But the truth is, as my kids have got older, I’ve learned not to care if they think I’m a bit of a moron because they’re supposed to," she said.

When discussing impostor syndrome, the feeling like you're in over your head in a situation and not up to the task at hand, it's clear Claudia is raising her kids with the right mindset.

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"People tell you that self-doubt and those feelings associated with impostor syndrome are things you shouldn’t feel, that they’re bad. 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. 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," she said.

"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?"

The December issue of Red is on sale from 5 November.

Quite (HQ ) by Claudia Winkleman is out now. How Did We Get Here? with Claudia Winkleman and Professor Tanya Byron is available on all podcast providers. Strictly Come Dancing is currently airing on BBC One.

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