Chloe Madeley admits that she struggles to make decisions without famous mum and dad Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan
Chloe Madeley might seem pretty daring as she takes on the challenge of The Jump but she’s actually quite nervous without her mum and dad around.
The 27-year-old star admits that she’s incredibly close to her famous parents Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan, better known as presenting duo Richard and Judy, and worries that she’s getting MORE dependent on them as she gets older.
‘I never say yes to a job without running it past Dad,’ says Chloe. ‘I am [dependent on them], not financially or anything, but emotionally, yes.
‘And as I get older it’s getting worse, which is a bit odd. Most people grow away from their parents, don’t they?’
Chloe‘s closeness to her mum and dad extends to her professional life as she always seek the opinion of Richard, 58, before going ahead with anything.
‘I often feel that I don’t know how I’d make a work-based decision without my dad – which isn’t healthy,’ she explains.
‘I speak to or text him every day. The idea of him not being around just destroys me.’
After following her parents into the limelight, Chloe stripped off for a series of sexy photoshoots and rather surprisingly had her father’s approval.
‘[He] got it,’ she says. ‘He gets youth culture. He’s on Twitter. He gets selfies, Instagram, all that.
‘[My mum] didn’t like it. She’s from an older generation of feminists. But she never tried to stop me.’
Chloe‘s definitely closer to Richard than Judy, 66, and it’s something that many of her boyfriends have picked up on.
‘I had an ex-boyfriend who once said, “Your problem is that you want every man you’re with to be your father,”‘ she reveals.
‘He was a nasty like sh*t so I ignored that, but there may have been something in it. But what can I say? He’s a great dad. I can talk to him about anything.’
Despite the element of risk involved, sporty Chloe – who has openly admitted to suffering from anxiety in the past – is excited about participating in The Jump and has the backing of Richard and Judy.
‘At first they were baffled by the fitness thing, as we weren’t a sporty family,’ Chloe tells Weekend Magazine.
‘But they see what a good thing it’s been for me. It gives me focus. If you’re an anxious person, extreme sports are helpful.
‘If you’re hurtling down a hill you have to think in the moment rather than fretting about yesterday or tomorrow.’
The Jump starts on Sunday 1 February at 7pm on Channel 4.