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Arlene Philips opened up on becoming a mother aged 47

ARLENE Phillips has opened up about becoming a mum when she was 47.

The former Strictly Come Dancing judge, 78, has two girls — Alana, 40, and Abi, 30. Arlene said: “My daughter Abi, I remember absolutely dreading taking her to school, age four, and having to explain, ‘I’m her mother not her grandmother.

“When I went to mother and baby class my obstetrician came up and whispered — I can never forget this: ‘Have no fear it will get better because you really should be a grandmother, so you’re going to have to find ways to understand how to be a mother again.’

“Why it hurt so much, was because, having a baby naturally at 47 and thinking it was the menopause for four, five months — I can’t be pregnant; why am I so sick?”

Frankie Bridge, 32, said: “It blows my mind that was ever an issue for her. The fact that she’s here, she’s 78, going through all of this with us, she’s still dancing around and I imagine back then she was exactly the same.

“I get where she’s coming from but I don’t think she’s got anything to worry about.”

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