Saira Khan is thought for at all times talking her thoughts – it’s what made the businesswoman-turned-TV presenter an excellent Free Ladies panellist.
Viewers additionally witnessed her feisty character throughout her look on Celeb SAS: Who Dares Wins, or as she
places it, “the toughest actuality present on tv”.
Saira was led to publish on Instagram that she “cherished each minute” on the present after a narrative about her having a life-changing incident and being left with bodily scars made the headlines.
And chatting about her shock exit from Free Ladies earlier this yr, the straight-talking star doesn’t maintain again about her causes for leaving.
“You’re on there discussing a topic with your pals in a really harmless method, however the quantity of trolling you get on-line is horrendous,” she explains.
“It simply turns into poisonous for girls. It’s a present for girls however I don’t really feel prefer it empowered me.”
Since leaving the present in January, the 51-year-old has been specializing in her magnificence enterprise, her well being and her household life with husband Steve Hyde and their youngsters Zac, 13, and Amara, 10.
She’s additionally on a mission to empower girls and isn’t afraid to speak about once-taboo topics – together with feminine incontinence, which is one thing she has expertise of.
Right here, Saira talks life post-Free Ladies, taking management of her well being and eventually feeling nice…
Hello, Saira. How are you?
I’m nice. It’s a bit manic through the faculty holidays however my youngsters are of that age the place they’ll take care of themselves. Amara is basically into doing cartwheels and handstands. Zac is basically into his 80s music and his sport. We’ve proven him that Harry Enfield sketch the place he turns into Kevin [the teenager], as a result of he is usually a bit like that. I’ve bought to maintain reminding myself, it’s hormones – that is regular!
It’s been seven months because you left Free Ladies – what made you wish to depart?
It was a combination of issues. Firstly, I’d outgrown the programme. There have been some girls that I simply thought, “I’ve bought to only tolerate you to do the job and in actual life you wouldn’t be my good friend.”
They’d say the identical about me. Plus, I shared so much about myself on that present – my abuse, adoption, organized marriage and a whole lot of relationship stuff. You don’t get a whole lot of thanks for that. My household hasn’t requested to be associated to somebody well-known however I felt like I used to be placing them right into a precarious state of affairs.
Do you assume it was the proper determination for you?
Sure. While you flip as much as a job the place your coronary heart’s not in it, you come house and also you simply really feel s**t about your self and about what you’ve stated. The one factor you are able to do is make a change.
It wasn’t simple strolling away from job, wardrobe, mates and cash, however whenever you’re there discussing a topic with your pals in a really harmless method, the quantity of trolling you get on-line is horrendous. It simply turns into poisonous for girls. It’s
a present for girls however I don’t really feel prefer it empowered me.
Do you get much less trolling now?
Sure, 100%. I really feel rather more assured. I really feel like on my social media platforms they know me, they get me.
I’m glowing as a result of I’ve eliminated myself from the state of affairs that I didn’t wish to be in. For those who can’t try this by the age of 50, then that’s no one else’s fault however your personal.
These girls on the telly, they’re completely happy and that’s excellent for them, however it grew to become too poisonous for me and I needed to take away myself.
Do you be in contact with any of your former colleagues?
I’m actually near Coleen Nolan, Ruth Langsford, Linda Robson and Christine Lampard. Out of everybody, they’re the individuals I’d invite spherical to my house and those I’ve bought a relationship with.
How did leaving such a preferred present have an effect on your profession?
It was a extremely scary determination. Folks don’t come knocking in your door straightaway! However what’s necessary is that I really feel like I’m in command of my life and my choices.
I’ll not have as a lot cash as I did however that doesn’t matter. I’ve bought my skincare enterprise, I’m working with manufacturers I’ve at all times needed to work with on my social media platform and I’ve been performing some filming for different exhibits. I’d like to do Strictly and I’m A Celeb too.
You latterly had therapy for incontinence. Inform us about it…
Going via the menopause, having a child and having a Caesarean, your physique modifications. You get to that stage the place you sneeze and just a little little bit of wee comes out.
The ladies earlier than us by no means talked about it however I really need girls to realize it’s regular. However as an alternative of being embarrassed or simply residing with the stress, you are able to do one thing about it.
What did the therapy contain?
The Emsella Chair has a magnetic area which actually works your pelvic flooring. It goes past that mind sign, so that they actually get to the core and so they tighten it up greater than you could possibly ever do by yourself. You do two periods every week for 3 weeks.
It’s not painful. I didn’t even realise how a lot my periods had been working till I sneezed on vacation. I bear in mind saying to the entire household, “Oh my God, guys, I’ve simply sneezed and I didn’t should cross my legs!”
Some time in the past you stated you didn’t fancy intercourse along with your husband – has this therapy modified issues?
While you get to the menopause or the perimenopause, it impacts your intercourse life and your well being. I didn’t really feel horny.
I’ve bought two youngsters, I used to be knackered and I used to be working and on prime of that I used to be going via the menopause. I had girls who stated they felt the identical. It wasn’t till I found HRT that I felt extra balanced. Then I began altering my weight loss plan. Now I’m firing on all cylinders.
We’re in a loving relationship – we have now been for a very long time. We did all that “at it like rabbits” stuff once we first bought collectively. Now it’s a extra intimate, deeper relationship.
I believe girls shouldn’t really feel stress that you simply’ve bought to do it as soon as, twice or thrice every week. So long as you’re devoted, reliable and loving, you’re in place.
You’re not afraid to publish a bikini shot – do you are feeling assured?
I really feel higher now than I did in my thirties. I’ve bought the time to work on myself now I haven’t bought toddlers.
I’m going to the health club and deal with my well being and consuming proper. I’ve had Invisalign and a little bit of Botox. I’ve bought a skincare routine, incontinence therapy, a hydrafacial and I’ve had my hair colored. Yeah, I look the canine’s b ** s proper now!