What made you say yes?
I have been a fan of the show for so long and it has gone through so many changes. I have always watched the celebrity ones but this past summer I watched the civilian one and was really gripped by it. I think it said a lot about how relevant it still is. I'm 47 in March and I really wanted to do this before I'm 50.
A lot of people go on to change how the public perceives them. Is that the case for you?
Honestly, I think I am just interested in seeing how mentally tough I am. I have got very involved in meditating in the last few years and you can just sit outside and look at the sky or a tree and how often do people do that anymore. Everyone is glued to their phone and I think meditation is an amazing addition to my life.
Are you a good listener?
I'm interested in what other people have to say. Like, what are your three favourite cheeses? To me that is a really important question. Do you like a stinky bishop? I am really excited about going in the House. I think the best thing about being where I am in my life now is that I don't care what anyone else thinks about me, apart from my two sons. They are the only people that could say no and I would listen.
What do they think about you going on the show?
They think it's funny. My eldest son, James, is 22, and he says it like it is. I'm really looking forward to it and I'll probably be first out but I'm pleased to have been asked.
You must have a lot of celebrity stories to tell. Will there be people out there worried about what you might say?
It's like a doctor discussing their patients. Maybe there is a time and a place to talk about things, but this is not really the right environment to talk about it.
Do you think Liam will be watching?
We have got an amazing child and everything is cool. Our lives are all very separate. I've never said a bad word about either of my boys' dads because there is no reason to.
How will you approach your time in the House?
My new year's resolution was to really live in the moment because I have spent most of my life worrying and working. I am really trying to live in the moment and that is why I am trying not to complain and to take it all in. I'll never do it again and I’ve got nothing to hide. I know myself and I know who I am. You're either going to love me or hate me and I don't really care.
Do you have any bad habits that might annoy your housemates?
Apparently I speak in my sleep and I snore. Everyone is going to grate on each other. I love the show on the first night when everyone goes in and says 'it's lovely to see you', then seven days later they're killing each other! I just love it.