Kirsty Gallacher has said that she was a ‘skinny’ and ‘anxious wreck’ after her divorce from ex-husband Paul Sampson.
The presenter, 44, parted ways from the retired rugby star, 43, in 2015 following a 15-year relationship, they share two sons Jude, 10, and Oscar, 14.
Talking about her divorce to Dancing On Ice star Graham Bell on Decathlon’s The Power Of Ten podcast, Kirsty admitted that she was ‘traumatised’ after the ‘complex’ split.
Candid: Kirsty Gallacher has said that she was a ‘skinny’ and ‘anxious wreck’ after her divorce from ex-husband Paul Sampson (pictured in 2019)
Kirsty credited her ‘amazing’ personal trainer and retired professional rugby player, Mel Deane, for ‘saving’ her during the difficult time.
Talking about working with Mel, 45, for the first time after he was recommended to her by Rio Ferdinand, she said: ‘To be honest, well, that’s sort of when I came to meeting Mel and probably he saved me in many ways.
‘I was a skinny, anxious wreck, traumatised because of lots of reasons around the divorce.’
Reflecting on the difficult period, Kirsty added: ‘It’s much more complex than people know. There are things you keep private. And I think that Mel got to know me and what I’d been through and was amazing for me.’
Split: The presenter, 44, parted ways from the retired rugby star, 43, in 2015 following a 15-year relationship, they share two sons Jude, 10, and Oscar, 14 (pictured in 2011)
The presenter also revealed how she stays motivated and balances her personal training sessions around her two sons.
She said: ‘Actually, what I do is I schedule my week, so I plan it all. So, I really try and make sure that I’ve got this sort of timetable of training around my work and the kids’ activities and stuff.
‘And that makes me feel better because I know I look at that and go, yeah, you’re already committing, aren’t you I think.’
Kirsty added that she gets ‘guilt’ and feels ‘out of control’ when she can’t fit in her busy exercise schedule.
‘Traumatised’: Talking about her divorce to Dancing On Ice star Graham Bell on Decathlon’s The Power Of Ten podcast, Kirsty admitted that she was ‘traumatised’ after the ‘complex’ split
She said: ‘Well, I think it’s like anyone and anyone’s life. If you’ve got really busy times and you’re up to your eye for whatever reason, or you’ve got stuff going on emotionally or your kids, there’s something, I think it’s that commitment, isn’t it?
‘And not letting that go because I do keep it all going. And I schedule my sessions.’
Kirsty added: ‘I’m very committed, If I feel like when one week is busier, I get this guilt thing… I know there’s nothing you can do because we can’t all have it all our own way all the time, but I hate that feeling.
‘It makes me feel out of control. That’s the hardest thing about being committed.’
‘Saving her’: Kirsty credited her ‘amazing’ personal trainer and retired professional rugby player, Mel Deane – pictured right, for ‘saving’ her during the difficult time – he was recommended to her by Rio Ferdinand (pictured left)
The star also admitted that she would have loved to have been a tennis player and follow in her famous father Bernard Gallacher’s sporting footsteps, he is a retired professional golfer.
Kirsty said: ‘Funnily enough, my brother [Jamie], he’s a very good amateur golfer. He’s fantastic and probably could have been a pro. And then there’s me… I love sports, and I would have loved to have been a tennis player.
‘But my sister [Laura Brand] who’s 11 years younger than me is the most unsporty person you’ve ever met in your life. She’s very creative and artsy. She’s just not into it at all. She’s kind of more yogi and that sort of stuff.’
It comes after Kirsty revealed in June that she was left with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) following her ‘painful’ split from ex-husband Paul.
Sad: The model told the Outspoken Beauty podcast over the summer that amid the divorce, she was left ‘saddened’ for her two sons Oscar and Jude, whom she shares with Paul
The star spoke about the trauma of their ‘devastating’ break-up, admitting that it left her ‘grieving and mourning.’
Speaking to The Sun, the star outlined the heartbreaking effect that her divorce had on her, revealing that it left her ‘devastated’ and struggling to eat.
Kirsty, who was married to Paul between 2010 and 2015, told the publication: ‘The divorce was a very difficult period. I found it devastating.
‘I was grieving and mourning. I think I had post traumatic stress disorder. I was skinny, not eating and wanting to black it all out. It was painful.’
PTSD: It comes after Kirsty revealed in June that she was left with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) following her ‘painful’ split from ex-husband Paul (pictured in 2010)
The model went on to tell the the Outspoken Beauty podcast that amid the divorce, she was left ‘saddened’ for her two sons Oscar and Jude, whom she shares with Paul.
She said: ‘I felt a burden and a sadness for my children, even though I didn’t do anything wrong and Sammo didn’t do anything wrong. No one was to blame.’
Meanwhile, the former Sky Sports presenter admitted that she regretted taking part in Strictly Come Dancing so soon after the split, adding that it ‘wasn’t the right time.’
Kirsty, who took part in the show in 2015 and was paired with Brendan Cole told the Made By Mamas podcast: ‘It was a horrible time and I was grief-stricken for the children.
‘I was doing Strictly Come Dancing which I loved but I definitely shouldn’t have done it. It wasn’t the right time.’
The end: Over the summer, it was revealed that Kirsty and Paul toasted their divorce from opposite ends of a champagne bar (pictured in 2019)
Over the summer, it was revealed that Kirsty and Paul toasted their divorce from opposite ends of a champagne bar.
The couple were in a feud after calling an end to their 15 years together and they had one awkward drink sitting far apart at the plush bar.
But ex-England rugby ace Paul decided to go over and finally call a truce to call an end to the bitterness.
He told The Sun on Sunday: ‘She got quite annoyed but I said, “Look, this doesn’t have to be a war.”‘
Paul was speaking publicly for the first time since the pair’s split in 2015.
He said: ‘I could have had plenty to say, especially after Kirsty gave one or two interviews that indicated I had packed a bag and left the family home.’
Paul said Kirsty announced she wanted a divorce while he was in a pit of depression after hanging up his rugby boots, compounded by the death of his father.
The former London Wasps player struggled with becoming a stay-at-home father while his wife was travelling the world for Sky Sports.
He has now launched his own life-coaching business to help sports players and separating couples.
History: The glamorous couple met in 1999 shortly after Paul had won his first cap for England and Kirsty was made the new face of Sky Sports News (Kirsty pictured recently)
Paul said: ‘When you come to the end of your career you think you’re a bit washed up. It was a tough time. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.’
The glamorous couple met in 1999 shortly after Paul had won his first cap for England and Kirsty was made the new face of Sky Sports News.
They married in 2010 in a £50,000 ceremony in Spain but their relationship started to wobble the following year after Paul’s retirement from rugby due to injury.
He went into a depression and did not know what to do with himself, a situation worsened by the fact he had failed to come to terms with his father’s death in 2004.