Youthful Arlene Phillips has ITV viewers in DISBELIEF as she talks being a ‘geriatric’ mum

The former Strictly Come Dancing judge sparked a number of shocked Twitter posts after she revealed her age, before discussing becoming a mother for a second time aged 47.

The 74-year-old caused a frenzy on the micro-blogging site while admitting she was told she should have been grandma when she fell pregnant with her youngest daughter back in 1990.

Speaking to Andrea McLean, Stacey Solomon, Saira Khan and Nadia Sawalha, Arlene revealed that she thought it was the menopause but she was in fact four months along.

Asked about the reaction from doctors, the choreographed stated: “It was very strange. For me, it was a gift. To have a child naturally at my age… I couldn’t believe it.”

Arlene continued: “They asked if they could have 12 students following me because I was the oldest mum they’d ever had. I thought, no I’m not really sure about that.

“When I had my first child at 36, I was already a geriatric mother. I ended up going privately and they actually said to me, ‘You’re going to find this difficult as at your age, you really should be a grandmother’. I was bouncing with life and energy.”

However, despite the shock remarks, Twitter was inundated with messages about Arlene, with one reading: “I am shocked to find out her age! She looks UNREAL #Loosewomen.”

Two others agreed: “How great does Arlene Philips look! Can’t believe she’s 74! #LooseWomen,” and: “Nah Arlene isn’t 74 I don’t believe it #LooseWomen.”

A fourth added: “Omg they wrote geriatric on her notes, poor Arlene, she looks great #LooseWomen.”

Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.



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