Nadia Forde: 'I feel like I'm in a cattle mart when people talk about my body'
Nadia Forde said she feels uncomfortable when there's so much public focus on her figure, likening it to being in a cattle mart.
The Irish model turned actress (27) has lost three stone since appearing on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! back in 2014, which she credits to a healthier lifestyle, a vegan diet and being more conscious of her health in general. But much has been made of her weight loss and she previously hit out at those 'skinny shaming' her.
"You feel like you're in a cattle mart of something because you're in your body, it's your body they are talking about," she told the Sunday World magazine.
"I just think women put so much pressure on themselves and also have pressure from people, to look a certain way. All that really matters is that you are happy and healthy. Nobody wants to hear what other people have to say about their body. I work out a couple of times a week. I have changed my diet in the past couple of years. I am allergic to eggs and dairy. |Going to the gym makes you feel better. It's not like I am like, 'I need to go every day'."
Forde has been in a relationship with Welsh rugby player Dominic Day for the last two and a half years and the couple have travelled the world together as he was signed to various clubs in Japan and Australia, but they're now settled back in the UK - where they first met through Nadia's good friend, Debbie Stringer, whose husband Irish rugby legend Peter, was one of Dom's teammates in Bath.
"Dominic is such a kind soul, just a good guy. My friend, Debbie, had tried to set us up the year before when i was living in London at the time and we were at a game," she explained of their introduction. She said to me, 'I need to introduce you to that guy down there, number five', and I said, 'Absolutely not, not interested'."
"A year later, it was her hen party, she text him and said, 'Nadia is going to be in the pub' and he showed up and that was that."
She also said her mother Berenice's death in 2015 gave her perspective on the importance of living your life to the fullest.
"It is so cliché, but life is short. I think after my mum died, I realised you don't get a second chance at this, so I am going to do what makes me happy and why am I worrying about s***e? 80% of the things you worry about s***e. Once you are looking after yourself and doing what makes you happy, that's what makes you important."