TV icon Melissa Doyle has opened up about turning 51 earlier this year and how she's learning to 'embrace' getting older and all the changes that come with it.
The former Sunrise host reflected on her 'milestone birthday' in an interview with The Advertiser, saying that it was a moment to 'stop and reassess' her life thus far.
What she found was that those external things that might've worried her in the past — such as appearance and ageing — aren't such a big deal nowadays.
In fact, Mel counts the very few wrinkles she does have as proof of a full life well-lived.
"I don’t shy away from the fact that I’ve got some laugh lines around my eyes.
"I don’t really want to change those because I see them as little trophies. I’ll do the best I can to maintain my skin and I’ll embrace the rest.”
After 25 years with Channel 7, Mel stepped away in late 2020 to pursue other projects, among them a new seven-part podcast called Age Against the Machine.
In the series, Mel and her co-host Naima Brown delve deep into what it means to get older as a woman by examining a range of topics such as beauty, homelessness, dating and careers.
A happy birthday
"51 years on this planet and I’m embracing every experience, laugh line, challenge & opportunity," the mum-of-two wrote in the caption.
"Feeling very loved, and grateful I’m still having a ball!! #onlygettingstarted," she added.
Mel's long-time fans flooded the comments section with well wishes and compliments on her 'ageless' visage.
"You are the epitome of 'anti-aging'...you just look younger and younger each year," wrote one.
"Happy birthday Mel, you still look 21. You are ageless & gorgeous, enjoy every birthday from here as they are so worth celebrating," added another.
Mel confirmed she was departing Channel 7 after 25 years with the network in August 2020, saying that she was “sad to be leaving” in a heartfelt Instagram post.
Throughout her more than two decades with the network, Mel held presenting and hosting roles on a wide array of programs including Today Tonight, Sunrise, 7NEWS and Sunday Night.
Sunday Night was axed in October 2019, leading to speculation about her future with the company, though at the time it was confirmed she would remain with the network in a ‘variety’ of roles.
Mel's final gig with Channel 7 was as host of The Latest. In a recent interview with The Australian Women's Weekly, Mel revealed that she and her husband, sports marketing executive John Dunlop, are focusing on their two teen kids right now.
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