EXCLUSIVE: Danniella Westbrook’s model daughter Jodie Jenkins, 21, reveals she ‘preferred’ state school over private education where ‘everyone looked down on people without money’
Danniella Westbrook’s daughter Jodie Jenkins has revealed she ‘preferred’ her years in a state school over private education, where she struggled to relate to her peers who weren’t as ‘down to earth’.
The model, 21, who lived with the EastEnders star, 48, and her brother Kai, 25, in sheltered accommodation in 2014, claimed her classmates ‘looked down’ on those who ‘didn’t have money’ while her own strong morals made her put friendships first.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline at the VIP Celeb MMA Party in London, she admitted it had been ‘crazy’ living under the spotlight of her famous parent which saw her spend her childhood living between California and the UK.
Surprise: Danniella Westbrook’s daughter Jodie Jenkins has revealed she ‘preferred’ her state school over private where she struggled to relate to her peers who weren’t as ‘down to earth’
She said: ‘It’s been crazy. There are highs and lows of every industry you’re in whether it’s the spotlight or whether it’s your mum being a dinner lady or something.
‘I’ve experienced a lot at the age of 21. I’ve lived in California, I’ve been to a private school, I’ve been to a state school but I actually really preferred it.’
The celebrity offspring, whose dad Kevin Jenkins was married to Danniella between 2001 and 2014, credited her ‘down-to-earth’ attitude to the working class background of her family.
She continued: ‘It was just normal people. Where my background… my dad is from Peckham and my mum is obviously local to Essex. I’m not a very posh person, I wouldn’t say common but I’m quite down to earth.
Family: The model, 21, who lived with the EastEnders star, 48, in sheltered accommodation in 2014, admitted it had been ‘crazy’ living under the spotlight of her famous parent
‘They were more like my people, I didn’t care if you had money or not. If you were my friend, you were my friend.
‘If you had food stamps or if your mum brought you in McDonalds for lunch or something more expensive, I wouldn’t care because my friends were my friends.
‘I think private school lacked that a little bit. Everyone looked down on people who didn’t have money.’
Jodie, who was recently signed by influencer agency Social Inspire Group, has been building up her social media following and currently has 14.9K on Instagram.
Opening up: She claimed her classmates ‘looked down’ on those who ‘didn’t have money’ while her own strong morals made her put friendships first
Danniella recently shared a throwback photo of Jodie as a toddler to her Instagram as she spoke of their special bond.
The actress wrote: ‘Thank you for sending me my best friend and a hero . Everyday for nearly 21 years I’ve been full off gratitude and pride for you’.
While Danniella and Jodie are close now, the star previously revealed back in 2019 that they had not spoken in three years at the time.
Danniella revealed that the best possible thing for her daughter was to live with her dad after a turbulent year of being diagnosed with womb cancer and undergoing facial reconstruction surgery.
Speaking on Jeremy Vine, she said: ‘Jodie is with her dad and that’s just a whole different issue because of different things but the stalker did play a huge part in that for her own safety.
‘I haven’t spoken to Jodie for three years. She’s 17, she’s gorgeous. Look, it’s very difficult, especially since I’ve been ill.
The former soap star continued to gush about the teenager: ‘Jodie is doing her life and she’s doing very well, she’s done brilliantly at school and now she’s in college and she’s doing great, and her dad is a great dad and he’s doing what’s best for her, right now.
‘It’s probably a safer and much better environment for her whilst I’ve got all this stuff going on, with trials and different things and being ill, she should be there right now.’
Throwback: The celebrity offspring’s dad Kevin Jenkins was married to Danniella between 2001 and 2014 (pictured in 2002)