She’s always been open about their fraught relationship.
And now Davina McCall has admitted that the death of her mother Florence Koch was ‘almost a relief’.
The 46-year-old presenter was brought up by her grandparents between the ages of three and thirteen before moving in with her father, after her French mother returned to live in paris alone.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, the bubbly Million Pound Drop presenter opened up about their challenging relationship.
She admitted: “I never doubted for a moment that she loved me.
“It was almost a relief when she was gone and I could stop asking her to be something that she just couldn’t be. Motherhood is about being selfless, to some degree, and she just needed to be the centre of attention.”
Davina, who is now a mum-of-three, previously admitted to trying to remedy the problems in her relationship with Florence over the years, unfortunately to no avail.
She continued: “That’s all I ever wanted from my mum, to be held tight in a protective cuddle.
“To get out of the bath and be wrapped up in a towel, in her arms. That’s why it takes me so long to put my kids to bed every night; I need to hold them.”
During the occasional holidays that the two would spend together, it soon became apparent that she wasn’t the sole focus of party loving Florence.
“I remember once my elder sister and I were really excited about going on holiday to Spain with my mother and some of her friends when it occurred to them that because I was only little, I would need a babysitter when they went out at night,” she recalled.
“So my mother decided I wasn’t coming and I had to stay at home.”
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