She’s more in demand than ever, has beaten her battle with drugs and is half of one of the strongest marriages in showbiz. There’s no doubting Davina is one very special lady.
“They all know about my situation because I’ve talked about it in the press,” she says.
“If they Google me they would see it, so I have to be honest. I would even if I wasn’t famous because I have a good and pertinent story to tell. I explained to them how easy it is to start with one thing and it leading to another.
“Because of that, I’ve always been anti the legislation of cannabis, as for me it was like a stepping stone to the next thing and then the next thing. I can’t see any benefits for making it legal and also think that it can cause psychosis in young men in particular. It’s very dangerous.”
After her mum abandoned her, a court decided Davina should be raised by her dad.
But as he didn’t earn enough to afford a nanny to look after her while he worked, Davina went to live with her paternal grandparents Pippy, now 96, and Mickey, who died 20 years ago.
It meant that a large part of her adult life was spent trying to reconnect with her mum, who died in 2008.
The Long Lost Family host still tried to build bridges even after she discovered her mum had sold a story that they’d gone to a Narcotics Anonymous meeting together in 2000, which Davina described as “the worst betrayal”.
It’s a period of time that Davina finally managed to move on from last year, using hypnotism to get there.
“I had to go down 100m in a submarine for my ITV show Life At The Extreme, which I found terrifying, so I saw a hypnotist to help me,” she explains.
“But first he said: ‘Actually, we need to talk about the abandonment.’
“I was like: ‘Oh, god. Really? I don’t think that’s ever going to get sorted,’” Davina says softly.
“One part of the technique was to go back in time to my younger self, when I realised my mum wasn’t coming back. I was sitting at the kitchen table when I was about four years old, and he said: ‘Take her outside to your safe place in the garden.’
“So I took myself to my tree and sat down. He then said for me to put my arm around and comfort her. I did it like I was comforting one of my own children.”
Davina pauses to catch her breath before continuing: “I gave my younger self a little cuddle and stroked her hair. She looked a bit bewildered. He said: ‘Now tell her it’s all going to be OK.’
“I started crying and said: ‘I can’t.’
The hypnotist asked me why not and I replied: ‘Because it’s not going to be OK. Life gets really tough.’
And he went: ‘But look at you now.’ And it was the biggest epiphany.
All the stuff that happens in-between, it doesn’t really matter, because look at me now.
“The whole experience was amazing. It taught me that if there’s one thing I could say to myself, it would be that it’s all going to be OK.”
Life for Davina now is certainly more than OK.
She has undeniably become one of the UK’s most sought-after presenters, with TV bosses falling over themselves to have her host their prime-time shows.