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RTE's Jennifer Zamparelli reveals turning 40 'wasn't the easiest milestone'

Speaking on RTÉ’s Today earlier, the Dubliner shared that she “struggled initially” with the thought of aging

Jennifer Zamparelli is the host of new quiz show Home Advantage

Neasa Cumiskey

RTÉ star Jennifer Zamparelli has confessed that turning 40 was “tough” and that she feels much more comfortable being 41.

The Dancing With the Stars host revealed that she was terrified to turn 40 last April and tried to distract herself by planning lots of holidays before the pandemic forced her to cancel them.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Today earlier, the Dubliner shared that she “struggled initially” with the thought of aging.

She told Maura and Daithi: “I'm 41 now. I struggled initially I think because it was a milestone birthday. I had a lot planned to probably brush over the fact I was turning 40.

“I had a trip to Paris with my husband, I had a family holiday, I had a party, but the pandemic hit and I just had to sit with myself, my 40-year-old self, and look at myself.”

Jennifer Zamparelli on Dancing with the Stars

Jennifer added that turning 40 “wasn’t the easiest” but she has come to terms with it now.

“I started asking myself really big questions like, ‘Am I really happy? Should I be doing this? What's going on? I'm 40 now. My god, that's huge.’

“It took me a while [to get used to]. I allowed myself to sit with that for a while but it was tough. It wasn’t easy. It wasn't the easiest milestone birthday for me to be honest with you.

“I'm a lot better now, I'm a lot more comfortable with myself and where I am, I think because I'm so content and happy with my lot. But it was tough turning 40 and I think especially in this industry as well.”

Jennifer, who has just started a new gig hosting the RTÉ quiz show Home Advantage, said that she keeps herself fit and healthy through her exercise regime, which includes weight training and long walks with her family.

“I train, I do. I love to train with weights and I walk the arse off myself.

“I love being outdoors. We're a very active family I would say. Not because we feel we have to, just because we enjoy and we try to make it as fun as possible and sometimes we don't do anything.

“I'm married to a stunt man so it's hard not to be active because he's constantly doing stuff,” she added.


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