Ulrika Jonsson shares her kids' reaction to her love life and nude photo shoots

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Ulrika Jonsson arrives at The Sun's Who Cares Wins Awards in London, Britain September 14, 2021. REUTERS/May James
Ulrika Jonsson arrives at The Sun's Who Cares Wins Awards in London, 2021. (REUTERS/May James)

As filming begins on the latest Celebs Go Dating, Ulrika Jonsson admits her four kids have varying reactions to her love life and nude shoots.

"I think my oldest was a bit... I do think I'm a bit cringe for him sometimes," Jonsson admitted to Kate Thornton on the latest White Wine Question Time podcast.

She spoke openly about leaving her last marriage and how it has made her feel entering this part of her life being single.

She said: "I've been a mum for 27 years, which is half my life now. For me my life has been about family, or career, there hasn't been that space where I've found like, who am I? 

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"What am I about? I know, a lot of mums can be good about finding time for themselves. I never did that. For me I had this overbearing sense of duty all the time. So the whole idea of relaxing or doing something away from my children was really foreign to me. 

"So now, I've been really clear with them and I've gone: 'Just so you know, I'm going to be dating. I'll be here for you forever and for always, and in every way that I can, but just know that I am doing some things for myself now.'"

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She said the reaction to her return to the dating world from her children — whose ages range from 13 to 27 — varied, especially for her youngest who has never really known her to be as famous as she was when her other kids were small.

She said: "For the youngest, when I said this, he didn't really understand. I guess he thinks that when a man and a woman meet, they get married. And that's it. 

"And that whole concept that you might meet more than one person and go out and date was quite a foreign one to him. And why wouldn't it be? All he's seen is his mum and dad together. The others sort of understood, I think my oldest was a bit... I do think I'm a bit cringe for him sometimes!

"I just kind of hear a deafening silence at the other end. I hear the rolling of the eyes. [They] go: 'Oh, my god here, she goes again!' 

LONDON - JUNE 19:  Ulrika Jonsson and Lance Gerrard-Wright arrive for the UK Premiere of Tom Cruise's new blockbuster
Ulrika Jonsson and Lance Gerrard-Wright arrive for the UK Premiere of "War Of The Worlds" at the Odeon Leicester Square in 2005 (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)

"The other weird thing is my youngest has never really known me being super famous, or whatever. Because I've had a quiet few years, partly deliberate, taking a step away from things. And so he doesn't know about Shooting Stars, or Gladiators or anything like that.

"He will have possibly other people saying: 'Oh, your mum's famous', or whatever else. And my oldest will know about those things. But he was a baby or a toddler. While he was young, it didn't matter what it said in the papers about me because he couldn't read anything. 

"But now we live in this digital world where everything is accessible for everyone. So they know what I do. I say: 'Look, just so you know, I'm doing a nude shoot.' I did a menopause shoot a few weeks ago. And I was naked for it. And I go [to the kids]: 'Mate, do you want to eat? Right? Then this is what's happening. I'm doing this.'

"I am contemplating an OnlyFans. Just I know, just to p*** them off!

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 20:  Ulrika Jonsson attends the
Ulrika Jonsson attends the "One Direction This Is Us" world premiere at the Empire Leicester Square in 2013 (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Sony Pictures)

"It does make them cringe. But they have to acknowledge that this is what I do. And they also love the rewards of what I do, when I can arrange something special for them because I might know somebody. So you know... shut up!"

She also spoke positively about the decision to leave her marriage and being able to grow older and learn about herself.

She said: "This last episode of my life, as I am moving into the autumn of my life, I feel is the making of me. Because if I hadn't divorced my husband I would still be in a relationship and in a situation and I would not be forced to learn about myself in the way that I am.

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"I've always been very much in touch with who I am, why do I do things, but I've never really understood it. So I think it's a feeling for me now of finally being at ease with who I am. 

"Part of that is age. But part of that is also the fact that I am on my own. I mean, I have children, and I have a supportive ex-husband. But fundamentally to start your life over, not over again, but start that phase of your life on your own, is not only terrifying, but has been really cathartic."

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