Dawn French says she’s ‘a barrel’ amid 7st weight gain but ‘doesn’t give a f**k’

Dawn French says she’s ‘a barrel’ amid 7st weight gain but ‘doesn’t give a f**k’


The Vicar of Dibley star, Dawn French compared herself to "a barrel" as she explained she'd put back on seven stone in weight during the lockdown.

Dawn, 62, declared that she has piled on the pounds over the isolation period but really "doesn't give a f**k" about it either after years of yo-yo dieting.

Back in 2014, Dawn left spectators collecting their jaws from the floor after she'd overhauled her lifestyle and managed to shed a whopping seven stone.

Knowing that she'd let things slip in recent months, she took to her new podcast French & Saunders: Titting About, to open up about her body changing size.

She explained: "I've gone back to being an entire barrel but do you know what, I’m going to be 63 this year, I don't give a f**k, I really don't, so long as I can walk.

"I'm not going to be stingy to myself anymore."

Dawn continued: "I never did dislike anything about my body, even when I was very, very fat. I refuse to be forced to dislike myself.

"I used to get really angry when I did lose weight, people going, 'You look so well,' as if you looked awful before – rewarding you for managing it, which is not easy, I accept that.

"But I didn't want people to give me approval. It's so patronising."

The actress obeyed a strict diet and regime in the past after she decided to change her lifestyle following a health scare in 2014.

At the time, it was speculated that her dramatic weight loss could have been due to her 25 years of marriage to Lenny Henry, breaking down.

Wanting to put an end to rumours, Dawn spoke out on the matter telling fans she'd been told by doctors in order to conduct an operation in a certain way, she'd have to slim down.

She told the Mirror: "When I was due to have my hysterectomy the doc told me that if I could lose some weight before the op, they would be able to do it via keyhole, and I would recover in three weeks or so."

"Otherwise it would be big open surgery, and three months to recover. So, I set about dropping a few stone."

Lifting the lid on her secrets, she added: "No magic wand, just tiny, joyless low-cal eating and lots more walking for weeks and weeks.

"It was grim. I lost seven-and-a-half stone. I could have the keyhole surgery. Great. That's all it was, practical."

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