Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman, 48, loves her job, and who wouldn’t? Being at the very centre of one of Britain’s most loved talent contests must give the BBC presenter a surge of excitement every day, but enjoying going to work has its downfalls too, one of which Claudia admits is “guilt”.
The mother-of-three said she feel “guilty” for loving her work life, which means she’s away from her children.
Claudia has been married to film producer husband Kris Thykier since 2000, and the pair share three children together; Jake, 17, Matilda, 14 and nine-year-old Arthur.
In a recent interview, the telly star was adamant that they will always come first – mirroring how she was brought up by her parents – and that she feels at fault when she leaves them to go to a job she enjoys.
“Ultimately, I always knew I came first with my parents and I try to do that with my kids,” she said.
“When my son was really little, I was going to work, and he asked why. I couldn’t explain to him the mortgage and all of that, so I just said, ‘Mummy’s going to work to buy bananas,’ because he loved bananas then.
“He must have been six when he came up to me, holding bananas going, ‘Mummy, you don’t need to go, we have bananas!'”
She recalled the heart wrenching moment she had to tell him that it wasn’t because of the fruit after all, and that she actually liked going to work.
“Of course, I feel guilty sometimes,” she noted, adding how doing the interview made her feel sinful as she wasn’t at home with her family.
Now mother to two teenagers and one soon-to-be, Claudia confessed her brood have grown tired of her.
“My children are unbelievably irritated by me,” she laughed.
But with Strictly just around the corner, Claudia will have her head back buried in the glitz and glam of the dancing extravaganza.
After coronavirus posed an uncertain future for this year’s show, BBC bosses have beaten against the odds and managed to pull something out of the bag, even if it is a little different from previous series.
But Kate Phillips, entertainment controller at the Beeb, revealed that the latest rules and restrictions set out by Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier this week, are going to really put them to the test over the next couple of weeks before the shorter series kicks off.
“I think after the tough news yesterday, never have we needed some Strictly sparkle more,” she said.