Davina McCall says you don't have to 'give up on sex' as you

Davina McCall says you don't have to 'give up on sex' as you

09/11/2023

Davina McCall, 55, says you don’t have to ‘give up on intimacy and sex’ as you age and that passions can be reignited once the ‘baggage of kids is gone’

Davina McCall has insisted that you don’t have to ‘give up on intimacy and sex’ as you age.

The presenter, 55, is fronting a new dating show My Mum, Your Dad for middle aged parents looking to find love again.

She has reflected on passion in later in life saying that once kids have flown the nest it can be the perfect time for things to be reignited.

She told The Sun: ‘What I like about the show is it’s a nice reminder to society that you don’t give up on intimacy and sex when you’re in your forties, fifties and sixties.

‘Actually, they could be the sexiest time of your life, when the baggage of kids is gone, they’ve all flown the nest, and you can actually go for it again!

Advice: Davina McCall has insisted that you don’t have to ‘give up on intimacy and sex’ as you age

Exciting: The presenter, 55, is fronting a new dating show My Mum, Your Dad for middle aged parents looking to find love again

‘With kids it’s like, ‘Shh. Oh my Gosh, they could walk in at any moment’.

‘So when you do have time to yourself and they are around less, that is an amazing time to try to rekindle something.’

Davina herself knows all too well about finding love again when that little bit older.

In 2017, she announced her separation from Matthew Robertson, her husband of 17 years who she shares three children with Holly, 21, Tilly, 19, and 16-year-old Chester.

Two years later she went public with her romance with hairdresser Michael Douglas, 48, who she is still happily dating.

Davina and Michael were old friends and first met when he styled her hair during her Big Brother presenting days.

Your Mum, My Dad will follow a group of single parents who have been nominated by their grown-up kids for a second chance at love.

Cut off in a country house, the candidates are, unbeknown to them, being watched from a nearby bunker by their children, who can step in to play matchmaker should they wish.

Each episode is an hour and has been dubbed a ‘mid-life Love Island’.

Change: In 2017, she announced her separation from Matthew Robertson, her husband of 17 years. Two years later she went public with her romance with hairdresser Michael Douglas, 48, who she is still happily dating (seen with Michael in 2022)

The brunette beauty has previously she champions mature singles as the true romance experts and cites her own confidence growth as an example.

She told The Mirror: ‘If you’re dating in your 50s, you know much better what your shortcomings are, and would have learned from mistakes you have made in previous relationships.

‘You will know the people who suit you, and the people who will bring out the worst in you.

‘There’s so many plusses to trying to find somebody in midlife because of your self-awareness.’

Fun: Your Mum, My Dad will follow a group of single parents who have been nominated by their grown-up kids for a second chance at love

Talking about confidence Davina added the older you become, the more it grows, but appreciated if someone’s had ‘a difficult time’ or ‘something has happened’ there could be baggage, which might need addressing.

She also expressed that she knows how much pressure people have on meeting the right person, but insisted that it gets easier when older as people know what they want in life.

The TV legend is also known for her avid love of health and fitness and often shows off the incredible works of her hard-worked labour.

She told The Weekend: ‘I love feeling fit, it makes me feel really good, both for my mental health and energy. It makes me feel I’m alive.’

My Mum, Your Dad: Meet the single parents and their matchmaker kids!

Meet the parents                                              … and their matchmaker kids! 

Name: Monique

Age: 50

Location: Winchmore Hill

Profession: Therapist/student

How would you describe yourself in a few words? Kind-hearted, a believer in God and positive. I radiate love!

Why did your daughter nominate you for MMYD? To dip my toes back in the pool of dating, and try and connect with someone and find love, and experience living with other people again.

Name: Sharon

Age: 53 

Location: Sunderland

Profession: Safeguarding and welfare officer in education

How would you describe yourself in a few words? Fun, genuine, personable. 

Why did your daughter nominate you for MMYD? She was getting desperate! I’d lost all confidence in myself. I think for Tia she was wanting to give me a bit of a helping hand.

Name: Caroline

Age: 51

Location: South Lanarkshire

Profession: Tech advisor/scan assistant at a private baby clinic

How would you describe yourself in a few words? Charismatic, outgoing and fun. I can be a bit fiery at times!

Why did your daughter nominate you for MMYD? I’ve been single for such a long time, it’s probably the longest I’ve ever been single! I’ve always been quite happy being single but I think she thought, ‘Mum, you need to get out there!’

Name: Natalie

Age: 44

Location: Bournemouth

Profession: Self-esteem and relationship recovery coach

How would you describe yourself in a few words? Adventurous, deep and outgoing.

Why did your son nominate you for MMYD? I’ve been on my own for a long time. I think he thinks it’s my time for me now.

Name: Paul

Age: 51

Location: London, lives in Bath 

Profession: Owner, decorating company

How would you describe yourself in a few words? Very chilled, laid back and loyal.

Why did your daughter nominate you for MMYD? She feels I need to sort myself out when it comes to dating!

Name: Clayton 

Age: 57

Location: Nottingham

Profession: Pastoral support officer 

How would you describe yourself in a few words? I’m pretty effervescent. I’m all about balance in terms of fun – I’d say there’s a cheeky side to me.

Why did your son Christian nominate you for MMYD? He’d like to see me settled with someone I could have a future with. 

Name: Roger

Age: 58

Location: Derbyshire 

Profession: Postman 

How would you describe yourself in a few words? Fun, loving, conscientious, struggling to get old – I don’t want to get old. I lost my wife, I know that you can get up and life can be over in a split second.

Why did your daughter Jess nominate you for MMYD? She’s a lovely girl. Her mum was really thoughtful in everything – she could plan things to a detail – and Jess has got that. She is so thoughtful and it was just a lovely thing for her to say, ‘Dad, look, we understand that you’re struggling and it’s been hard and we know that you’ve got a lot of love to give and we’re OK if you were to see someone else’.

Following my wife passing 18 months ago, I didn’t really want to meet anyone. You don’t expect it to be you and you don’t expect it to be your wife. But I’m going on the show to get some confidence. I must have subconsciously wanted to meet someone by saying yes to the show.

Name: Elliott

Age: 53

Location: Essex

Profession: PE teacher/football coach

How would your son describe you? He’d say I am good fun, easy going (I’m not easy going).

Why did your son nominate you for MMYD? He wants rid of me! I think the prospect of me being in his life for too much longer was a burden. No, he just wants me to be happy.

Name: Janey

Age: 47

Location: West Sussex 

Profession: Singer/recruitment manager

How would you describe yourself in a few words? Fun, kind, outgoing and creative. 

Why did your son nominate you for MMYD? Because he’s lost all hope for me, he thinks I’m undateable! He wants me to meet someone.

Name: Taiya

Age: 21

Location: North London

Profession: Student 

Why did you nominate your mum to go on the show? I nominated my mum because I think she deserves love! She’s put everything aside to raise me and my sister for so many years so I thought now is my mum’s time.

 

 

Name: Tia

Age: 24

Location: Sunderland

Profession: Social media influencer 

Why did you nominate your mum to go on the show? I feel like it’s finally her time to be happy. I think she’s put herself on the backburner to bring up myself and my sister. In the last few years I feel like she’s given up on love, so she didn’t want to try anymore. I hope putting her forward will be the push she needs to put herself first.

Name: Karli

Age: 20

Location: South Lanarkshire

Profession: Flight attendant 

Why did you nominate your mum to go on the show? She was single for a while and she doesn’t seem to have any luck with guys. So I thought why not?

 

 

 

 

Name: Kaliel

Age: 20

Location: Bournemouth

Profession: Gas and plumbing apprentice 

Why did you nominate your mum to go on the show? Because I wanted her to find someone and be happy. I saw it advertised and I thought it would be perfect for her.

 

 

Name: Mazey

Age: 21

Location: Bath 

Profession: University Student

Why did you nominate your dad to go on the show? I want to see him settled. The way he was dating before wasn’t working. I wanted him to date outside of the box.

 

 

Name: Christian

Age: 35

Location: Nottingham

Profession: Graphic artist/warehouse employee

Why did you nominate your dad to go on the show? I just want him to settle down, find the right person – he’s getting on now! I want him to live life with someone. I want him to travel with someone and get out there.

 

Name: Jess

Age: 28

Location: Derbyshire

Profession: Network rail planner 

Why did you nominate your dad to go on the show? It was a joint thing with my brother and sister and it was our way of basically telling him that we were happy for him to start dating, if that was something he wanted to do. 

It was a cop out on our part really, as it meant we didn’t need to sit down and actually say it. It was a sneaky way of saying, ‘Oh look at this, do you want to look into this?’ Never actually expected anything to come of it.

It was about putting dad first. We’d never really thought about us, or about ourselves in that situation. I wasn’t thinking about how I’d react, I was thinking about him.

The reason for that is he does the same for us, he would always put family first. So it was just a way of saying to him, stop worrying about us. If he wasn’t ready, that was also totally fine. It wasn’t an ultimatum. It was just, if you want to, you can, don’t worry about us.

Name: Zachary

Age: 21

Location: Essex

Profession: University student 

Why did you nominate your dad to go on the show? He deserves a chance to be happy and he hasn’t had that. I want him to have what a lot of his friends have done; get married and settle down. He deserves the opportunity to find the ‘end stages’ of love.

Name: Will

Age: 19

Location: West Sussex

Profession: Student

Why did you nominate your mum to go on the show? It’s getting a bit desperate now! We need a good chance of getting her to find someone. 

If it takes me to get involved, then that’s apparently how dire things have got! 

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