Davina McCall likens her severe menopause symptoms to batting heroin addiction
Big Brother legend Davina McCall has opened up about going through the menopause.
The British TV regular, 53, explained how a series of severe symptoms made her feel like she was batting her former heroin addiction once.
Davina, who has been clean for over two decades, admitted she suddenly found herself forgetting things – sparking fear she had early onset dementia.
The Masked Singer judge told fans during an online question and answer session: "I thought I was going mad.
"I even thought I was possibly getting some sort of early-onset dementia.
"The menopause didn’t even cross my mind because I was young – 44 – so I battled on for a year. I didn’t know who to talk to, where to go."
Davina added: "I was getting night sweats, and what was horrible is that I’m a recovering addict and it took me back to being sick and trying to recover from addiction.
"Then I couldn’t read the autocue. It began affecting my vision — because of lack of sleep I couldn’t see or read.'S
Earlier this year, Davina bravely spoke about her drug addiction before finding fame.
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She's previously credited her hosting job on Big Brother as the reason she is alive today.
Speaking to DJ Fat Tony on his show The Recovery, Davina said she was 'kissing goodbye to my brain cells' during her time at rock bottom.
Davina said: "I do not see myself as a victim in any way.
"It's a fact but when I was nearly four, my mum took me to my granny's house and said I'm going on holiday for two weeks and she never came back.
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"I then ended up feeling like a guest at my granny's, but it was all organised.
"We kind of know now that we need to process it. I felt abandoned. I was still going to visit my mum over the holidays but I didn't know that [at the time].
"That might have been the core of the issue but I feel like there's an overarching reason why I used, and that is that I constantly had a hole here and it really hurt."
She heartbreakingly added: "My tears were always [by my chest], and if we started talking about the hole, I wasn't quite sure how to verbalise it. Insecurity, instability, I just start crying very easily. It was very easy to get me to cry when I was a little girl."
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