Published On: Thu, May 13th, 2021

Davina McCall reveals she recorded a demo tape with ex Eric Clapton but failed to get a record deal

Davina McCall has revealed she recorded a demo tape with her ex-boyfriend Eric Clapton in a failed bid to become a music star.

The presenter, 53, shared the surprise revelation she collaborated with her former lover, 76, while discussing her determination to work in music during a talk for Advertising Week Europe.

Speaking at the talk titled Blood, Sweat, and Fears: Finding Ambition, Inner Strength, and a Fighting Spirit, Davina also reflected on her ‘horrible’ battle with heroin addiction as she admitted it stemmed from a desperate need ‘to be perfect’.

Blast from the past: Davina McCall has revealed she recorded a demo tape with her ex-boyfriend Eric Clapton in a failed bid to become a music star (pictured in 1992)

Davina detailed her own journey to stardom while explaining that she’d always wanted to work in music, and had originally sought a job with MTV Europe.

She said: ‘I didn’t go to university, I worked in a restaurant, I loved music, I knew I wanted to do something in the music business.

‘I was a failed singer, I hadn’t got a record deal, I made a demo tape with Eric Clapton, how did I not get a record deal? He played guitar on my demo and I still didn’t get a record deal!’ 

Candid: The presenter shared the surprise revelation she collaborated with her former lover during a talk for Advertising Week Europe

Candid: The presenter shared the surprise revelation she collaborated with her former lover during a talk for Advertising Week Europe

Supportive: Davina previously credited ex-boyfriend Eric with helping her to overcomer her drug addiction

Supportive: Davina previously credited ex-boyfriend Eric with helping her to overcomer her drug addiction

Davina previously credited ex-boyfriend Eric with helping her to overcomer her drug addiction.

During the talk she went onto add she landed a job with MTV Europe which set her on the road to stardom as a TV presenter, but had also briefly worked as an agent for Models One, even turning down the chance to work for them in New York.

Davina also reflected on her battle with heroin addiction, and how she managed to get clean with the help of Narcotics Anonymous.

Difficult: Speaking at the talk, Davina also reflected on her 'horrible' battle with heroin addiction as she admitted it stemmed from a desperate need 'to be perfect'

Difficult: Speaking at the talk, Davina also reflected on her ‘horrible’ battle with heroin addiction as she admitted it stemmed from a desperate need ‘to be perfect’

Open: She added: 'I spent a lot of my childhood trying to be perfect, and if I was perfect my mum would love me, and it was an impossible task'

Open: She added: ‘I spent a lot of my childhood trying to be perfect, and if I was perfect my mum would love me, and it was an impossible task’

She said: ‘Challenges should be embraced now run away from. I dealt with a very difficult alcoholic drug addict mother and in turn became a drug addict myself.

‘But it’s just made me a much stronger person and a person that doesn’t take no as the end of line, but sees no as the yes that hasn’t happened yet. 

‘I just feel like when you’ve been that low, when I got clean, I was a heroin addict, I loved heroin more than my family more than myself, I hated myself, but I loved heroin more than anything. 

‘I would have stolen, got myself into terrible mixes to try and get it to have it. A really horrible drug, but getting through that and going to NA meetings hwich is how I got clean has made me realise that if I can get through that I can get through anything.’ 

Speaking out: Davina continued: 'I think that's why I took drugs as it was relief from being perfect and fill a hole, which a mother's love should have been in'

Speaking out: Davina continued: ‘I think that’s why I took drugs as it was relief from being perfect and fill a hole, which a mother’s love should have been in’

The star admitted her addiction partially stemmed from a desperate need to ‘be perfect’ for her mother Florence Kock, who died in 2008. 

She added: ‘I spent a lot of my childhood trying to be perfect, and if I was perfect my mum would love me, and it was an impossible task, number one I can’t be perfect. Who wants to be perfect? I don’t want to be perfect! 

‘I think that’s why I took drugs as it was relief from being perfect and fill a hole, which a mother’s love should have been in. 

‘I make a mental note of the things I’m not proud of. So if I do do something that I don’t think is right or nice I’ll apologise straight away.’

Comparison: It comes after Davina likened going through the menopause with how she felt when she kicked her addiction to heroin (pictured in 2020)

Comparison: It comes after Davina likened going through the menopause with how she felt when she kicked her addiction to heroin (pictured in 2020)

It comes after Davina likened going through the menopause with how she felt when she kicked her addiction to heroin. 

She recalled that suffering with symptoms including severe night sweats, sleepless nights and poor vision gave her flashbacks to her days of drug dependency when she was in her 20s.

Speaking in an online Q and A, Davina explained: ‘I thought I was going mad. I even thought I was possibly getting some sort of early-onset dementia. The menopause didn’t even cross my mind because I was young – 44 – so I battled on for a year. I didn’t know who to talk to, where to go.

‘I was getting night sweats, and what was horrible is that I’m a recovering addict and it took me back to being sick and trying to recover from addiction. Then I couldn’t read the autocue. It began affecting my vision — because of lack of sleep I couldn’t see or read.’

Symptoms: She recalled that suffering with symptoms including night sweats, sleepless nights and poor vision gave her flashbacks to her days of drug dependency in her 20s (pictured 1997)

Symptoms: She recalled that suffering with symptoms including night sweats, sleepless nights and poor vision gave her flashbacks to her days of drug dependency in her 20s (pictured 1997)

She went on to explain that as a teetotal recovering addict, she doesn’t even like to take over-the-counter tablets for headaches, so she avoided going down the medical route. 

Davina told how she took up exercise and took herbal remedies to help but these didn’t ‘cut it’, telling how she planned to ‘battle through’ before finally getting educated about the menopause, with a private gynaecologist eventually prescribing HRT for her.

In March, Davina recalled how she abused drugs to ‘fill the hole’ left from being abandoned by her late mum Florence Kock.

The presenter reflected on feeling ‘insecure and instable’ after her mother – who passed away in 2008 – told her she was going on holiday for two weeks, but didn’t return and left her with her paternal grandmother when she was just four.

In an interview with DJ Fat Tony on his show The Recovery, the broadcaster admitted she was ‘kissing goodbye to my brain cells’ when she used substances such as heroin, speed and weed as a teen, before she sought help over 20 years ago. 

'I hated it': Davina also previously admitted she was 'kissing goodbye to my brain cells' when she used substances such as heroin, speed and weed as a teen (pictured in 2004)

‘I hated it’: Davina also previously admitted she was ‘kissing goodbye to my brain cells’ when she used substances such as heroin, speed and weed as a teen (pictured in 2004)

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