Your determine or your face? The outdated wives’ story goes that publish 40, ladies want to decide on between having a slim determine (and threat wanting slightly gaunt) or a youthful-looking face (and settle for a plumper backside).
Seems like sexist nonsense? In fact! (The identical dilemma isn’t levelled at males.) Once we pose this cheeky query to TV’s Linda Barker, the petite blonde is shocked.
‘Oooh, I’ve by no means heard that earlier than!’ she giggles over Zoom in her native Yorkshire tones. ‘I believe you may have each!’
Sports activities-mad Linda, now 58, has been ‘someplace between a dimension eight and a 10’ for many years.
She famously dazzled us all along with her fabulous bikini physique in actuality diving present Splash in 2013 and he or she’s wanting simply as trim right this moment – and enviably fresh-faced after just lately having a few non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures.
‘I wish to take care of myself and simply be the perfect that I can, and happier in my pores and skin,’ confides Linda. ‘As I’ve every birthday, I look within the mirror, pull again my advantageous traces, and suppose, “Ooh possibly it’s time to do one thing!”
‘In my 20s I by no means thought I’d have Botox however I’ve tried it. It didn’t swimsuit me, I didn’t like what it did to my face. I need to look utterly pure and be ok with myself. I felt slightly bit nervous beforehand. You don’t go into these procedures with out a little anxiousness. I’m concerning the pure look.
‘I don’t suppose I might have a process involving a common anaesthetic, I’m too squeamish, I simply need any outcomes to make me really feel happier in my pores and skin.
‘I’m stronger in my 50s than I used to be in my early 40s, after I was busy with my profession and citing a younger youngster. I solely ran a marathon after I was 50. I wished to look pretty much as good on the skin as I really feel on the within.’
Linda first made her identify within the mid 90s as one of many designers on hit interiors present Altering Rooms, together with the likes of Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. In comparison with her flamboyant colleague, down-to-earth Linda created rooms in mushy muted palettes that viewers adored and truly wished to reside in.
Then there was Home Invaders, and in 2003 she got here third in I’m A Celeb…, earlier than pushing herself out of her consolation zone for Splash.
She’s just lately launched her personal line of paints, however since lockdown Linda’s inside design expertise have been put to make use of in her own residence. After years of dwelling in London, her and former TV govt husband Chris Quick determined to up sticks to East Using and have settled fortunately up north.
‘I’ve all the time had a robust Yorkshire connection, we’ve had a cottage right here for 20 years and my siblings are right here,’ she smiles. ‘We fancied one other challenge, so we put every thing up on the market, and acquired on RightMove.
‘We fell in love with a lovely outdated Georgian home, 5 miles from the coast. I really like Hull as a metropolis and develop fonder of it each week.
‘Lockdown galvanised us into altering our lives. It was troublesome to tear ourselves away from London. However I’m comfortable rising my greens and portray and adorning our dwelling. That is us now, and it’s stunning.’
At this time Linda appears blissfully comfortable along with her new life. However she’s sincere about her struggles in the course of the menopause.
‘It’s a troublesome time – a lot occurs, it could possibly actually undermine you as a girl,’ she admits. ‘I keep in mind these scorching flushes coming, it begins like a beat or a pulse inside you, and it comes as a surge of hormones and ends in a scorching flush.
‘And with that flush got here one thing that triggered some mind cells so I’d really feel uneasy. It will zap my confidence earlier than a gathering. I felt extra anxious about life typically. I’ve all the time felt certain of who I’m, however that anxiousness tapped away at my confidence and it was disarming.
‘I discovered that if I exercised and solely drank a glass or two of wine per week – and no extra – it made a distinction.’
Was she tempted to go down the favored but controversial route of hormone substitute remedy?
‘I attempted it and got here off it, I wasn’t certain what the perfect factor to do was. In the long run I had my DNA examined which was fascinating.
‘My DNA profile revealed that my physique doesn’t metabolise oestrogen, so the worst factor for me was to go on HRT. My physique couldn’t deal with it. I’d heard it could give me all this power, however all our our bodies are totally different.’
One good thing about rising older is that Linda has loved her relationship along with her daughter Jess, 27, a charity employee, blossoming.
‘She and her boyfriend got here to reside with us in lockdown, which was unbelievable. We’ve all the time had an amazingly shut relationship. She’s a passionate, sturdy unbiased lady and I really like the dinner desk conversations now she’s older.
‘I really feel much less within the “mummy” function now, and extra within the pal function. Relationships change together with your kids. She educates me greater than I educate her lately, it’s enriching.’
Weekends for Linda are spent wild swimming, strolling (she does the Yorkshire Three Peaks yearly) and hanging out with hubby Chris, who she met at artwork college.
‘We celebrated our 25th marriage ceremony anniversary in April, and we have been collectively earlier than that, so it’s been without end,’ she laughs.
‘I believe change is nice for everybody. We’ve all the time achieved various things, which is nice for our power as a pair. It retains issues recent, it retains you considering, speaking collectively and exchanging concepts.
‘There are all the time surprises available. Chris mentioned he was going to work on our home solidly for a yr. He grew to become very sensible, fixing gutters and the roof, constructing a pond. Did I do know he had it in him to do all that? Properly probably, however that was nice for our relationship!
‘He’s extra romantic than me and we don’t bicker fairly often. We’ve acquired past all that and having these sorts of exchanges. I hope he nonetheless fancies me, he’s all for my health and sweetness regimes as a result of it makes me really feel comfortable. I’m very fortunate and blessed.’
What has Linda had achieved?
Linda goes to Harley Road Pores and skin Clinic, run by beauty physician to the celebs Dr Aamer Khan and his spouse Lesley. Linda had her first therapy with Ellanse dermal filler, injections to revive the amount in her face.
Then later, Linda had a Silhouette Comfortable thread lifting therapy, which makes use of re-absorbable surgical threads – dotted with absorbable ‘cones’ – for an instantaneous tightening impact.
That is significantly efficient for sagging jowls, redefining the jaw line and tightening the neck. It may possibly additionally increase the physique’s pure manufacturing of Type1 collagen, leading to much less sagging pores and skin.
– To search out out extra about Linda’s procedures, CLICK HERE
How does Linda Barker spend her Sundays?
Up with the lark or lazy lie-in?
I like getting up within the morning. The alarm goes at 7am and Chris will deliver me a cup of tea most mornings. On weekends although I’d keep in mattress till 8am.
Hungover or stuffed with beans?
I can’t bear hangovers lately. When you’re over your 20s and 30s it’s simpler simply to be recent as a daisy within the morning. I’ve the odd glass on weekends with mates.
Fry-up or fruit and muesli?
It’s all the time a wholesome possibility for me. I eat fruit principally, although often I’ll have a scrambled egg.
Gymnasium or yoga?
I swim most Sundays, and I do yoga on Zoom. It’s modified my life now I can attend one among my favorite classes taught by mates in Windsor, regardless of me being in East Using.
Residence cooked roast or pub lunch?
If Jessie is at dwelling will probably be a roast. We’re lazy although, we’ll go for a stroll after which come dwelling and see what’s within the fridge. We are going to roast a load of veg however solely have meat often. I don’t have a candy tooth.
Netflix or newspapers?
I really like studying the papers on a Sunday. More often than not I get my information repair on-line, but it surely’s higher to calm down with correct papers.
I can’t get via Sunday with out…
A protracted canine stroll with our lurcher Stanley, he’s a wise-looking canine.