Susannah Constantine says she has PTSD from reality TV stints and reflects on alcoholism

‘You can be absolutely murdered for your lack of talent’: Susannah Constantine says she has PTSD from ‘horrendous’ reality TV stints and that her years as an alcoholic made her younger emotionally

Susannah Constantine has said she has PTSD from doing reality shows and that her years as an alcoholic have made her younger emotionally.

The What Not To Wear star, 60, took part in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2015 and Strictly Come Dancing in 2018.

Reflecting on her experiences, Susannah confessed she only did I’m A Celeb for the money, but that she regretted not training harder for Strictly.

Candid: Susannah Constantine has said she has PTSD from doing reality shows and that her years as an alcoholic have made her younger emotionally

Candid: Susannah Constantine has said she has PTSD from doing reality shows and that her years as an alcoholic have made her younger emotionally

Speaking to SheerLuxe, she said: ‘I’ll admit it – I did I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! for the money. 

‘There was no other reason and I know I was paid more than anyone else – poor ITV, I was kicked out first! That’s why I don’t really watch the new series when they come out. 

‘I do still watch Strictly though and every time I kick myself for taking myself too seriously and not training enough. 

‘I remember expecting to be a world-class dancer on two or three hours of training a day. I remember on the second day of training I came home and I said to my husband, “You know what? I’ve found something I’m really good at and I think we could win this.” I mean, how deluded was I? 

Reality stints: The What Not To Wear star, 60, took part in I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! in 2015 and Strictly Come Dancing in 2018.

Reality stints: The What Not To Wear star, 60, took part in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2015 and Strictly Come Dancing in 2018.

‘I still have PTSD from it – the traumas of I’m A Celebrity pale in comparison to Strictly! You can be absolutely murdered for your lack of talent on that show.’

Susanna was the first celebrity eliminated from the dancing show with her partner Anton Du Beke and scored the lowest scoring Samba and Foxtrot in the show’s history.

However, she said fondly: ‘It was horrendous but I made such good friends while I was there. Everybody on that show is the best in their field, and that was a real privilege to be a part of.

‘I also struck gold by being paired up with Anton. We’re still very much in touch and I love him. But I remember him saying he could tell the minute anyone walked through the door if they could dance and, with me, he knew there was no hope!’

Regrets: Reflecting on her experiences, Susannah confessed she only did I'm A Celeb for the money, but that she regretted not training harder for Strictly

Regrets: Reflecting on her experiences, Susannah confessed she only did I’m A Celeb for the money, but that she regretted not training harder for Strictly

Elsewhere the fashion guru opened up about her addiction to alcohol, saying she had become ‘someone else’ during her 12 years as an alcoholic.

She said: ‘Reflecting on my addiction and relationship with things like alcohol in the book, I’ve learned so much. It wasn’t cathartic or emotional – it was almost like I was writing about someone else’s life. 

‘What I have come to understand about addiction is that, even when you become actively addicted to something, you’re still the same person you were when that started. 

‘And when you stop, you are still the same person. In between, you’re someone else. I realise now I’m probably much younger, emotionally, than my 60 years because I had 12 years of being an active alcoholic. 

‘But now I’ve reverted to the person I truly am, which is someone who likes being on their own, living in the country and who isn’t desperately social at all. I get so much out of the simple things in life.’

Susannah also spoke about her memories of Princess Margaret, gushing that the royal had taught her to be an ‘independent thinker’ and that she ‘couldn’t give a f***’.

She recalled: ‘My main memory of Princess Margaret is that she loved dancing. And she was incredibly maternal – a side not often seen by anyone except her own children. 

‘I often think about the photograph she had taken for Town & Country by Patrick Lichfield with her feet up on the sofa with no shoes. 

'Horrendous': Susanna was the first celebrity eliminated from the dancing show with her partner Anton Du Beke and scored the lowest scoring Samba and Foxtrot in the show's history

‘Horrendous’: Susanna was the first celebrity eliminated from the dancing show with her partner Anton Du Beke and scored the lowest scoring Samba and Foxtrot in the show’s history

‘I also remember going with her to the opening night of Giselle at the Royal Opera House and we were in the royal box. When it finished, I started wolf whistling, which you’re not supposed to do. 

‘David – at least I think it was him – put his hand on my knee and said, “Shhh!” So I did. But Princess Margaret turned around and kept saying, “Do another one! Do another one!”‘

She went on: ‘She was the one who encouraged me to be an independent thinker, to voice my opinion and stand by it. She was quite an open person – except when it came to the Queen. 

The crown was her biggest boundary. I don’t know whether she felt constrained by that or was used to growing up in a goldfish bowl, but she certainly learned to just be herself. 

‘She had this incredible resourcefulness and was so practically minded and, in many ways, couldn’t give a f***. She could sniff out a sycophant a mile away.’

Royal connection: Susannah also spoke about her memories of Princess Margaret, gushing that the royal had taught her to be an 'independent thinker' and that she 'couldn't give a f***'

Royal connection: Susannah also spoke about her memories of Princess Margaret, gushing that the royal had taught her to be an ‘independent thinker’ and that she ‘couldn’t give a f***’

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