Lorraine Kelly reveals she cringes at her early TV years and looks younger now as she celebrates 60th birthday – The Sun
WHEN Lorraine Kelly is around you just have to smile.
The Sun columnist and TV presenter, who turned 60 this weekend, is bubbly, ballsy and looks better than ever. Hence people struggle to believe she is entering her seventh decade.
She modestly claims that is because she looked so much older during her early TV years.
Speaking to Fabulous Daily, Lorraine says: “The Eighties and Nineties were not kind. I cringe a bit, looking back.
“But that’s the trouble with me. Fashion is something I’ve never bothered about that much. Sometimes I look back and say, ‘What on earth was I thinking?’
“Most of us were in the same boat because if you look back at the Eighties — and people say I look younger NOW — it was really the hair.
“If one of the lights fell on your head, it would bounce off, because it was so hair-sprayed.
“The make-up was very ageing too. It was too much.
“It was blue eye shadow or cheek blusher and also the style of clothes — big shoulder pads, like Dallas and Dynasty, and a power suit thing. It changed all of us.
“I was in my late twenties and early thirties and I looked at least 15 years older. So actually it’s balanced itself out!”
Lorraine is married to cameraman Steve Smith and has a 25-year-old daughter, Rosie, who lives in Singapore.
She exercises three times a week, courtesy of a Zumba class, and walks her beloved border terrier Angus regularly.
She also maintains a balanced diet but you won’t see Lorraine drinking a fad smoothie in the morning. It is builders’ tea with normal milk for her.
She still enjoys a drink but never boozes the night before a show.
Just once in more than three decades of breakfast television has she done that — and it won’t happen again.
Lorraine says: “John Hannah took me out for lunch to celebrate getting a part in Four Weddings And A Funeral. That’s how long ago it was!
“We drank far too much. I can’t even remember what we were drinking.
“Any normal person without this work ethic I’ve got would have phoned in and gone, ‘I’ve got terrible food poisoning, I can’t come in’.
”I’ve never done that. Never pulled a sickie. It’s not in my code, so I came in with the worst hangover on God’s earth.
“Somehow I got through the show and nobody noticed. It was long before I was a responsible mother.”
While Lorraine is known as one of the nicest people on TV, she has admitted her days of self-restraint on live broadcasts are over.
She says: “Maybe it’s because I’m getting older and turning 60, but all these things that are going round my head I’m saying out loud now.
“Before, I’d say nothing if something bugged me. I now feel it’s important to speak up due to the climate we’re in. I think it’s the ‘Piers effect’.”
That new approach has been noticed by millions of viewers — and by her ITV colleague Piers Morgan, who described Lorraine as an “iron fist in a velvet glove”.
Two victims slayed by the Scot were US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri and Conservative MP and former GMTV host Esther McVey, who both incurred Lorraine’s wrath as guests on Good Morning Britain.
Last month, Lorraine sensationally called out former pole dancer Jennifer, 34, for failing to answer any questions thrown at her by Piers and co-host Susanna Reid about her alleged romantic ties with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Lorraine says: “I was so angry. First of all, she didn’t answer the questions, she just tippy-toed around them. Then it was the smirk that got me.
“It genuinely really annoyed me and I just thought, ‘What are you doing?’
“The viewers deserve for her to answer these questions. The most important people are the viewers, always, always, always. I thought that was so patronising. I thought, ‘Oh no. No!’
“She got quite a shock. If someone annoys me again, I’d do it again.”
A stunned Jennifer clearly had not seen Lorraine take down Esther, 52, earlier this year during a handover between the two ITV morning shows.
When Susanna tried to spark a conversation between the former GMTV colleagues by asking Lorraine if she remembered Esther, she curtly and dismissively replied: “Yep. Yes I do. Right, coming up after half past eight . . . ”
Defending the snub, which went viral, Lorraine says it was partly down to Esther’s negative views on gay marriage and LGBT rights.
Lorraine adds: “She is a symptom of an illness which has infested most of our politicians, which is they don’t answer questions. Don’t patronise the viewers. It annoys me.”
On Esther’s subsequent claim that Lorraine was irked because she was promoted ahead of her during their time at GMTV, Lorraine says: “I genuinely don’t remember her. I never really saw her. She came to cover Fiona Phillips’s maternity leave.”
Fiona, 58, herself a veteran of breakfast TV, backs that up.
Lorraine adds: “Fiona phoned me and went, ‘I can’t believe she said that, that’s a load of old toot’.
“We then organised to go out together and we had a great day laughing while talking about stuff. I hadn’t seen her for ages so thanks, Esther McVey, for putting me back in touch with my pal.”
On Tuesday, Lorraine was surrounded by her friends and close family at a birthday bash in London.
Her bosses at ITV invited 60 guests for the 60th do, including telly colleagues Christine Lampard and Nadia Sawalha.
Lorraine blew out the candles on a giant birthday cake made from her favourite snack — Bounty bars.
And if they are her only vice she’s looking pretty good on them . . .
- Watch Lorraine weekdays on ITV, 8.30am to 9.25am. Her birthday special show is available on ITV Hub.
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