Alison Brahe has shared how going through menopause led to body insecurities.
The 52-year-old former model tells this week’s issue of Body+Soul magazine that she gained some weight and feared that her husband, actor Cameron Daddo, 57, no longer found her changing body attractive.
‘I know, for instance, that Cam’s love language is physical. It’s what he wants and needs and how he feels secure with me,’ she told the publication.
Hard: Alison Brahe has shared how going through menopause led to body insecurities. Pictured in this week’s issue of Body+Soul magazine
‘A lot of the dislike of my body shape had to do with what I thought Cam wanted, or what Cam liked. Once he told me he didn’t give a crap if I put on weight and that he loved me as a person, the more I addressed my own judgement of myself’.
Over time, Alison came to accept her new shape, but says that she still has difficult periods where she feels less than confident.
‘There are days where I go, “You’re just a cute little 52-year-old with a tubby tummy,” and then I’ll put on a pair of jeans and think, “Oh, God, I look six months pregnant, I can’t stand it.” I still go back and forwards with it,’ she said.
Fears: Alison says she gained some weight and feared that her husband, actor Cameron Daddo (right) no longer found her changing body attractive. Pictured in 2019
‘I’m so aware now of what women have been taught about their body shapes. They’re constantly described by how they look. You’ve just got to love the shape you are’.
Alison was an ‘It-girl’ in the 1990s, gracing the covers of dozens of magazines during her successful modelling career.
The couple wed in 1991 and have three children together, daughters Lotus, 24, and Bodhi, 14, and a son, River, 20.
Last year Cameron and Alison celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.
‘A lot of the dislike of my body shape had to do with what I thought Cam wanted, or what Cam liked’ she said
The pair recently spoke about how they saved their marriage after the Models Inc. actor cheated on his wife in 1994.
His infidelity took place in America, after he had relocated there for his acting career.
Alison told the Sydney Morning Herald that her relationship ‘evolved the most’ during marriage counselling in the wake of his infidelity.
However it wasn’t all smooth sailing, with the mother-of-three admitting they had ‘a terrible experience’ with their first therapist.
‘Once he told me he didn’t give a crap if I put on weight and that he loved me as a person, the more I addressed my own judgement of myself’ Alison continued. Pictured in 2021
‘It is so important to find the right therapist for you. The one we found was our second choice, as the first one was a terrible experience,’ Alison said.
However once they found a decent counsellor, the long-term couple ‘both wanted the relationship to work, so that was a good starting point’.
Last year, Daddo spoke about hurting his wife by cheating on her three years after tying the knot in 1991.
Cover star: Alison was an ‘It-girl’ in the 1990s, gracing the covers of dozens of magazines during her successful modelling career
The Australian star discussed his marriage on Nova FM’s Separate Bathrooms podcast and admitted it’s important to ‘learn how to apologise’.
‘We were told by Reverend Brian that married us. He said you’re going to hurt your partner the most of anyone in your life. In my case, it’s probably true,’ Cameron said.
‘So it’s a good idea to learn how to apologise, mean it and then make the necessary actions, so you don’t repeat it. That’s a good lesson,’ he added.
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