The fitness trainer, 67, on single parenthood, daily pressups and that co-ordinated bumbag
My biological mother gave me away at three months old. My adoptive dad was a good man, but a disciplinarian – I was beaten and never cuddled by him. You can either be resentful or turn it into a positive. Parenting is very important to me. I always send my children messages to say “I love you” and hug them every moment I can.
Being homeless and a single parent to my first daughter at 21 was difficult. I had a job, but it didn’t pay enough. When we moved into a council flat there were rats running around and one bed with bare springs. We made do. It’s part of the foundation stone of who I am.