Fern Britton, 65, has opened up on her “resilience”, admitting she doesn’t believe she would still be around if not for her children. The former This Morning host reflected on the difficult times in her life, including divorcing Phil Vickery.
Speaking on Emily Dean’s Walking the Dog podcast, Fern talked about her four children – twins Jack and Harry, 28, Grace, 25, and Winnie, 20.
“They’re nearly 29 and doing their thing,” she said of her twins.
“They’re great boys actually, I am really proud of them – or young men, I should say.”
Of her daughters, she said: “They’re having a wonderful time working in Cornwall.
“Yes,” Fern replied. “It has come to me and I try hard to really appreciate it, to slow down and smell the air.”
Emily said: “You’re very resilient, I always get this sense from what I know about your life, these things would happen to you, your marriage would split up or a job would fall through, or something.
“You say, ‘Right, leave that house, on to the next!’
“You’re quite resilient, aren’t you?” she asked.
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Fern, who burst into tears at the end of the heartfelt chat, replied: “I’m not afraid of change. I think I am [resilient], that doesn’t mean I haven’t had issues with lack of confidence, anxiety.”
Emily asked: “Do you think you’ve got better at thinking, ‘I am having a bad day, I don’t always have to cope?’”
Fern said: “I am learning it now, yes. The thing is with life, you can’t be happy every day, every hour, every minute.
“Life is really a big endurance challenge, it really is, isn’t it? Things go bad, you have to have resilience. If I didn’t have the children, I don’t know what I’d have done.