IT’S fair to say Lizzie Cundy has never been much of a shrinking violet.
Fond of tight outfits that show off her fabulous body, the 52-year-old former WAG has taken things to another level — with just an iron and a few strategically placed masks to protect her modesty in a recent Instagram post.
In an exclusive chat with Fab Daily, she says: “I feel more free as I have got older. Now I’m 52, I feel so sexy
“I love being in the nude and doing housework naked. I don’t think there is anything wrong with it.
"We are born naked and all have the same bits, and I love the freedom. I have given the postman a shock, I’m sure.
“I’m making bunting out of my face masks to use for a party once this is all over.”
Lizzie’s Instagram snap is the latest in a series of tongue-in-cheek shots she has posted during the pandemic.
Others include her mowing the lawn in a ball gown and heels, and painting her house in a swimsuit.
Lizzie, who has been presenting her talkRADIO show from home during lockdown, says: “I thought, ‘I have to try and bring a smile to people’s faces, and make people laugh’.
“It is about being body-confident and, to be honest, I’ve never been fitter in my life, so why not show it off?
“When I was 20, I would never have thought of being naked all the time, but confidence has come with age. We are all different shapes and sizes, and let’s celebrate that.
“I love that my pictures bring a bit of joy to people in these Covid times. Hopefully I’ll still be doing this when I am 80.
“I’m having a laugh, and embracing that fact that I’ve learnt to love my body.”
Pre-Covid, Lizzie was slogging away at the gym on the running machine and treadmill.
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Since March, however, she’s been doing a 20-minute high-intensity workout every morning.
Lizzie, who is single but dating, says: “I am much more confident in the bedroom now because of these workouts.
“As soon as the gyms shut, I panicked. But I pulled myself together, and started doing these hiit workouts.
“As soon as I wake up, I do a bunch of exercises like press-ups, crunches, lunges — all those things that you don’t want to do.
“As my mum always said, ‘If you have got time to sit on the phone and have a cup of tea and chat with a friend, then you have got time to do a bit of exercise’.”
But while the reception from her followers has been overwhelmingly positive, Lizzie’s two sons — James, 19, who still lives at home, and actor Josh, 25, who is currently filming medieval drama series Glow And Darkness in Madrid alongside Joan Collins — haven’t been quite so keen about their mum’s exhibitionist streak.
She says: “I know sometimes both my sons put their heads in their hands with the pictures I post.
"They often say, ‘Mum, I am not taking those kinds of pictures of you for your Instagram!’ But they never tell me to stop. They know me and my sense of humour.”
It’s been a rollercoaster ride to self-acceptance for Lizzie, who separated from Chelsea footballer Jason Cundy in 2010 after 16 years of marriage amid claims he had been cheating with opera singer Hannah Pedley.
The pair wed in 2015 and share a son.
Lizzie, who regularly presents on red carpets and does celebrity interviews for ITV, says: “There was a time I really wanted it all to end. When my relationship broke down, I would take control of myself through not eating, because I was so insecure.
“People might see me happy and smiling, but many times on the red carpet I was at my lowest.”
Lizzie recalled how she had to attend a film premiere for review show ITV At The Movies in September 2010, a day after her ex-husband had ended their marriage.
She says: “I remember on my first day of a job interviewing film stars, I’d been crying my eyes out and had no sleep, because the night before Jason had left me.
“I remember my heart hurting, but my mum saying, ‘Get up, shower, put your lipstick on and smile, and no one will ever know’. And so I did, it was the best advice. Thank God for make-up.”
For years, Lizzie buried her trauma, before beginning therapy last year.
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She attends weekly sessions and credits counselling with helping her to make peace with the past.
She says: “I realised I needed some help, because I used to hide it away.
“It is so important to talk. If you bottle it up you will go down that slippery slope.
"Sometimes I would wake up in tears and think, ‘Why am I crying?’ But it’s because I have never talked about it.”
As well as therapy, Lizzie says joining Instagram three years ago has been a massive confidence boost.
She adds: “I thought after that massive divorce, ‘I want to be a strong, glamorous woman. If I want to dress sexy and be in charge, why not?’
“In a way, when you are married to a footballer, you kind of lose your identity. But I had to realise it was my time to shine, and I just reinvented myself — with work, and with social media.
"I am very lucky — on my Instagram posts I have so much positivity. If I ever get negativity, I laugh and think, ‘At least I have got a reaction’.
“Particularly with what we are going through, with people’s mental health issues and the loneliness, we need to have fun!”
Building her social media profile has even helped Lizzie to find a few romances, though, she’s not giving much away today.
She says: “I’m getting a lot of men contacting me on Instagram. There are a few men [on the scene], but I have learnt to keep things private for now.”
But one thing she won’t be hiding is her fab saucy snaps.
She says: “We should love our bodies, love ourselves and just be happy because who knows what is round the corner.”
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