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Claudia Winkleman has revealed she has packed in the booze and would much rather spend a night in with pals and a chicken pie than out on the town.

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Claudia Winkleman has revealed she has packed in the booze and would much rather spend a night in with pals and a chicken pie than out on the town.

The Strictly Come Dancing host, 49, boldly declared she would pass up on a night out with Brad Pitt, in favour of a night of cards with her friends.

Speaking to the Sun, Claudia revealed her last drink was a glass of Bailey’s on New Year’s Eve, but she tends to stay away from alcohol.

No thanks! Claudia Winkleman has revealed she has packed in the booze and would much rather spend a night in with pals and a chicken pie than out on the town

No thanks! Claudia Winkleman has revealed she has packed in the booze and would much rather spend a night in with pals and a chicken pie than out on the town

She said: ‘But I don’t really drink any more. I had a glass of Bailey’s, with lots of ice, on New Year’s Eve, but half a glass of wine makes me want to go to sleep. I’m just not a very good drinker.’ 

The TV personality went on to reveal: ‘My perfect night would not be out, it would not be in a high heel, it wouldn’t be Brad Pitt.

‘It would be at home with a chicken pie, my friends and a pack of cards. Let’s not pretend otherwise, this is who I am.’

Claudia also revealed she is unconcerned about her looks and weight and doesn’t even have any mirrors in their house at home.

She sweetly admitted she is happy to eat any sweet treats her children, Jake, 17, Matilda and Arthur, nine, make for her – rather than sticking to a strict diet. 

Night in kind of gal! The Strictly Come Dancing host, 49, boldly declared she would pass up on a night out with Brad Pitt, in favour of a night of cards with her friends

Night in kind of gal! The Strictly Come Dancing host, 49, boldly declared she would pass up on a night out with Brad Pitt, in favour of a night of cards with her friends

The mother of three joked that rather than worrying about her appearance, she simply switches off the camera during Zoom calls.  

Claudia, who has been married to her husband Kris Thykier for 20 years, recently opened up about her relationship during the December issue of Red magazine.

Claudia said her other half is ‘much more romantic’ than her but they share everything.

She said that Kris will never ask her ‘what’s for dinner?’, as if he is expecting her to create something for him and their three children, without his help.

Sticking to fizzy drinks: Speaking to the Sun , Claudia revealed her last drink was a glass of Bailey's on New Year's Eve, but she tends to stay away from alcohol

Sticking to fizzy drinks: Speaking to the Sun , Claudia revealed her last drink was a glass of Bailey’s on New Year’s Eve, but she tends to stay away from alcohol

Detailing their relationship, Claudia said: ‘You see, Kris is very Scandinavian. We’ve been together for 22 years and he’s never once said to me, ‘What’s for dinner?’ It’s always been, ‘What shall we have for dinner?’

‘So we share, and when one of us is snowed under, the other person will help. He knows that in the lead-up to the Strictly final, for example, I’m useless, so he might be in charge of getting Christmas presents for our nephews and nieces……

She added that between the two of them, Kris is definitely more lovey-dovey, saying: ‘I’m not a romantic person, he’s much more romantic than me, the poor guy!’

Perfect night: 'It would be at home with a chicken pie, my friends and a pack of cards. Let's not pretend otherwise, this is who I am' (pictured with friend and co-host Tess Daly)

Perfect night: ‘It would be at home with a chicken pie, my friends and a pack of cards. Let’s not pretend otherwise, this is who I am’ (pictured with friend and co-host Tess Daly)

Claudia married her film producer husband Kris, 48, back in June 2000 after being introduced by friends, before later welcoming their three kids.

As well as talking about her husband, Claudia also discussed how she helps her kids deal with everyday ‘wobbles’, after dealing with her own self-doubt and imposter syndrome.   

She said: ‘People tell you that self-doubt and those feelings associated with impostor syndrome are things you shouldn’t feel, that they’re bad. Well, they’re wrong. I say it to my kids all the time – when they feel wobbly about an exam or they say,

‘Mum, I don’t want to go to the party,’ that’s perfectly fine. I have those moments every day. When I stood in for Sara Cox on Radio 2 recently, I was so terrified that I thought I was going to be sick on myself. 

Strong bond: Claudia, who has been married to her husband Kris Thykier for 20 years, recently opened up about her relationship during the December issue of Red magazine

Strong bond: Claudia, who has been married to her husband Kris Thykier for 20 years, recently opened up about her relationship during the December issue of Red magazine

‘And every time Tess and I walk down the stairs at the beginning of Strictly, I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, what is going on?’ But I don’t do anything to get rid of that because to me, that’s gratitude. Besides, have you ever met someone who doesn’t suffer from self-doubt?’ 

However Claudia also admitted she has turned to deal with her failures over the years, because in the long-run they only help you to improve. 

She said: ‘Family, love, great girlfriends, all of that suddenly matters much more than anything else….I mean, of course work matters, but you have perspective. And by now, you’ve also learned that it’s okay to fail, that you have to fail all the time to get better.’  

‘There’s loads of things I could be better at, it’s just a litany of mistakes that we make as parents, right? It’s endless. But the truth is, as my kids have got older, I’ve learned not to care if they think I’m a bit of a moron because they’re supposed to.’

One thing she is worried about is the release of her book, Quite, and the fear that some people who read it won’t like it.

Claudia said: ‘That’s my biggest fear with it [that someone won’t like it] I can’t assume anybody’s going to read it, of course, but you sort of feel vulnerable putting it out there.’ 

Long lasting: Claudia married her film producer husband Kris, 48, back in June 2000 after being introduced by friends, before later welcoming their three kids

Long lasting: Claudia married her film producer husband Kris, 48, back in June 2000 after being introduced by friends, before later welcoming their three kids

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