Tess Daly is 50: ‘I’m older, wiser and more grateful’

-May 8, Hannah Hargrave , Living -

Tess Daly has turned 50 with style, grace and a whole lot of gratitude. The star is embracing her milestone with open arms

Tess Daly is fit, fabulous and feeling incredibly privileged to have turned 50! The Strictly Come Dancing host had the milestone birthday in March and says she could not feel more grateful for her age.

Although it might seem like a joke Tess Daly really is 50! It barely seems like yesterday when the much-loved TV star became a household name presenting the celebrity ballroom show 15-years-ago and now she’s ringing in her landmark birthday.

‘It’s not about what you own or what you look like’

Rather than shying away from midlife or attempting to turn back the hands of time Tess counts every year as a blessing.

Celebrating in an idyllic setting Tess wrote an empowering message to her Instagram followers explaining why being 50 means so much.

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“I got to celebrate my (biiig) birthday soaking up the sunshine in the beautiful Maldives,” she wrote. “Which felt like the perfect place to also celebrate feeling another year older, wiser and more grateful. Because as you mature you understand more that it’s not about what you own – or what you look like but so much MORE about the people you love and the person you’ve become.”

‘Growing older is a privilege’

Tess has been married to DJ and TV presenter Vernon Kay since 2003 and they have two daughters together. She counts the time with her family as “precious” and says she lives for her role as a parent.

Her own father Vivian sadly passed away in 2003 and she admits his death taught her to embrace life, which is likely a big reason she wants to welcome 50 and not turn her nose up at it.

“The one thing I’ll never regret is growing older,” she says. “It’s a privilege denied to many.”

There’s no denying Tess looks amazing and she’s proud of it too.

“’I feel fantastic,” she say. “I have the luxury of being alive and healthy, and I’m very grateful for that.”

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She’ll be the first to admit she looks after herself but the main reason isn’t because she’s in the limelight it’s for the sake of her children.

“I’ve always looked after myself to a degree. But becoming a parent made me realise I wanted to be around for as long as possible for my children.

“To be fit and healthy so I can meet my grandchildren.”

And just like the rest of us she says; “I have good days and bad days”. But at the end of the day Tess reveals: “I tend not to beat myself up about that.”

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