Ulrika Jonsson says end of her last marriage was ‘devastating’
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Ulrika Jonsson, 54, has addressed her disagreements with her daughter after unleashing her opinions in her weekly columns. The mum-of-four shares a son, Cameron, 27, with cameraman John Turnbull, a daughter, Bo, 21, with German hotel manager Markus Kempen, a daughter named Martha, 17, with TV show contestant Lance Gerrard-Wright, and her youngest son, Malcolm, 13, who she welcomed in 2008 with Brian Monet.
Ulrika explained that although she has shied away from confrontation and airing her opinions in the past, she has now found herself clashing with one of her daughters over her views.
The star penned in her latest column: “This 54-year-old Gen X bird and columnist finds herself proffering weekly opinions on everything and nothing and, more poignantly, clashing with one particular Gen Z in my household, who either shuts me down or tells me in no uncertain terms that I am wrong every time any discussion about current affairs or social ills comes to the fore.
“This wonderfully bright, savvy and well-read Ungrateful — a social justice warrior of great conviction — chooses one of two options when we have a discussion; I am either completely wrong or not permitted to have the opinion I wish to share.”
The former Gladiators presenter went on to compare some of her arguments with her daughter to “banging my head against a wall”, before being forced to bow out of the “so-called debate”.
Giving an insight into one of their recent disagreements, Ulrika added to The Sun: “Sometimes I extend what might nowadays be considered an outdated opinion — not a fact — just how something makes me feel, or how my experience of new labels such as “chest feeding” rather than breast feeding grinds my gears.
“And then I am scolded for my lack of tolerance. Don’t get me wrong. I’m super proud of my Ungrateful for being so engaged at her nearly-adult age.
“I love how she embraces facts thrown her way and even more how she engages in her own research about certain issues she considers vital to her future.”
Despite being proud of her daughter, Ulrika explained the results of a recent poll’s findings that one in three young people believe those who disagree with them on politics are factually wrong didn’t surprise her.
The Swedish star added: “It’s little wonder, then, that this is one of the reasons why they have earned themselves the label ‘snowflakes’ — for their amazing ability to take offence at absolutely everything.
“Maybe now we should add ‘intolerant’ to that label, too, despite the fact that they are the ones accusing us of prejudice and narrow-mindedness.”
The television personality concluded that she’s glad younger generations are speaking out to challenge the older generation with their opinions, but that “rewriting history demonstrates only one thing — that listening is a dying art form”.
Elsewhere, Ulrika previously gave another family insight as she opened up about understanding the Strictly Curse, as she experienced something similar on Gladiators.
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The Shooting Stars panellist shared how she related to Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s recent comments on how Strictly Come Dancing impacted her marriage.
The broadcaster cited this as an example of the infamous Strictly “curse”, which has seen several contestants end their relationships with partners.
She admitted she experienced something similar when she joined Gladiators in 1992.
Ulrika had been presenting the weather, which she admitted had led to early mornings and limited time seeing her husband.
The presenter then took up the gig hosting game show Gladiators which she branded a “sexy world” in a recent column.
Ulrika explained she ended up dancing with a member of the camera crew at a party and although “nothing happened”, she “developed feelings for this man”.
Following the incident, Ulrika admitted her “marriage broke down” and she was later unfaithful.
Ulrika presented Gladiators alongside John Fashanu from 1993 until 1996.
At the time, she was married to cameraman John Turnbull after they tied the knot in 1990.
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