Ulrika Jonsson Quotes

I’m not someone to avoid controversy in my personal life.

Ulrika Jonsson

I don’t see the end of relationships as failures. Some of them are experiences. Sometimes things falter through no fault of your own.

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A tag I am happy to bear is that of feminist. I was born in one of the most egalitarian countries in the world, where women bear as much weight as men.

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People who write off women over 40 are wrong to do so. This is when many women’s lives truly start.

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I experienced marriage from an early age. I was 23 when I married for the first time.

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Speaking from experience, being engaged at 22 is not advisable. What on earth do you know of the world? What experiences do you have of other people? What wisdom can you bring to the table?

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I have experienced a fairly wide range of motherhood. I’ve done it on my own a lot of the time, I’ve done it smug and married, I’ve done it with a chronically ill child, I’ve done it with other children around, I’ve done it young and I’ve done it old.

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There are aspects of ageing I don’t enjoy, my sagging face and my aching body, my memory lapses and my inability to grasp technical instructions as quickly as before.

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As a product of divorced parents perhaps I should have been considerably more cynical, but for some reason I am a proponent of dedicating your life and love to someone else.

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Like many, I struggled with exams. That was a great source of frustration as I felt I was only ever being assessed on my performance on a single day.

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Of course, we cannot expect everything to be taught at school. So much of what makes a child – their hunger and ambition, the desire for attention and perfection – comes from home.

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I refuse to surrender my Swedish passport despite having lived in this country for 43 of my 54 years because it gives me a sense of belonging and is an expression of my origins.

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There’s no denying that being single means the world can assume there’s something wrong with you – sees you as incompetent, a loser and a flop.

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When your love life is in the hands of algorithms alone, you’re heading down a one-way street. And sometimes that’s a street sorely lacking in reality, substance or even genuine connection.

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I have never felt guilt, as such, when absent from my children due to work. Work is essential. I may not always have been keen to venture out so soon after shooting them out of my undercarriage but reason has dictated that to live, we must eat, and to eat I must work.

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I don’t condone any kind of violence. I’ve been on the receiving end of violence as an adult. I’ve witnessed it.

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Women who become mothers are policed and regulated during pregnancy, forced to give up so much – work and ambition, often.

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Human touch is comforting, it offers reassurance and it communicates more than words could ever do.

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I cling on to making connections with people I can physically meet. And the disposability of faces on an app which urges you to swipe left or right in a split second creates its own issues with our ability to see past purely the visual.

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But my weight has fluctuated over the years – in part due to four pregnancies, which ravaged my body. I never felt content with my body shape, as the ‘norm’ was always unattainable.

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I’m no diva, so the idea of ‘rough-ing it’ in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides posed no panic in my heart. I’m a Swede. We are nature people.

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We are an island nation and yet, in the 43 years I have lived in England, I believe I’ve only heard two Public Service Announcements regarding drowning and the dangers of water.

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I wonder how many people reflect on how their own and society’s perception of perfection induces feelings of deficiency in those who don’t fit the template of expectation. That life is trickier for those who don’t fit the mould.

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I have always believed that giving children choice is a terrible idea. The more choice you give, the more they will run rings around you.

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As a relentless romantic, the prospect of being a ‘lonely heart’ has always had shameful undertones of desperation and hopelessness, and it’s society’s way of making you feel a failure.

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Weird thing is, throughout my life I didn’t realise it wasn’t normal to have pain in your hips. Mine is chronic and I guess I’ve been living with it for most of my life.

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Once women reach a certain age we like to consign them to some dark corner of society where we don’t have to bother with them again.

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I was certainly no swan – with my horrendously protruding goofy teeth, bow legs and under-developed, clumsy, boyish, adolescent body. I was never cool, nor confident.

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I never saw it as a pursuit of absolute perfection but rather that I would constantly criticise myself if there weren’t certain standards – in the home, in the garden, with the children, with work. I rarely stopped and just let things be.

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Parenting is a rollercoaster of baloney with no instruction manual. We just have to do our best.

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We all want to do the best by our children. I will try to ensure my children have something when I leave this green and pleasant land, but if I was a multimillionaire – and this may come as a shock to my kids – I wouldn’t set them up for life.

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As women, we are fully expected to surrender a huge part, or all, of ourselves to motherhood.

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We need to change the narrative about divorce. Sometimes it is no one’s fault and divorce can be accepted as a good thing – and yes, even something to be celebrated.

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If you cut me in half, there would be kitsch and Waterloo running through my veins.

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I have always been a practical gal. Algebra and I never got on but I could replace the oil in a Fiat Mirafiori from the age of nine. Lightbulbs and plugs were always changed with ease.

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I run a strict ‘shoes off’ policy and have no hesitation in telling people to take off their dirty, outdoor footwear when they venture into my house.

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We all like a good filter on Instagram, me included. I use basic ones from time to time but am quite willing for people to see me first thing in the morning, stripped of make-up and without the aid of a filter. I believe in balance.

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Norland nannies teach ’emotion coaching’ which enables the child to talk through difficult emotions or events, and instructs them to find different ways of dealing with them.

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Conformity is for followers, not leaders.

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I was nearly 41 when I had my last child. I felt that was late, that I was pushing Mother Nature to the edge, and I understood that I and my unborn child both faced greater risks.

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But a lot more women in their 50s are taking greater freedoms and having more independence. I rail against this whole thing that we should go quietly, become invisible and just disappear.

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I worked for Andy Coulson and he was very clear… that obviously if a story was to come up about me, he had a duty to run it, but he would speak to me about it first.

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I’m a hedonist and a spontaneous person who believes in love. While it would feel strange getting married again, I can’t ever rule it out for the future.

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What I know so far: I’m a lioness of boundless proportions. I am fierce; I am loyal. Passion courses through my veins; fire scorches my heart and imagination canters like a wild horse through my buoyant, tangled mind.

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I was always previously looking for The One. I am not any more. I don’t need anyone. I am really happy in my own company.

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I’ve never in my life fought over a man.

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To be quite frank, people shouldn’t have to resort to going without heating, putting foil on the backs of their radiators, fleece on their windows or eating cold beans because they can’t afford to use the microwave.

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I have always been very low down on the list of priorities in the world of family and domesticity.

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When you aren’t artificially and externally stimulated you are forced to draw on your internal resources – your brain, imagination, creativity.

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The behaviour of the child more often than not comes down to the parenting. And before you ask, no, I didn’t get it all right. One thing I did get right, I believe, is to make my children understand that the world did not revolve around them at all times.

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The burden of constantly evaluating their weight disproportionately affects women.

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I have to actively stop myself from calling bits of myself ‘fat’ whenever I see something wobble because, fundamentally, I know that it isn’t.

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You don’t have to be a tactile person to enjoy an embrace or a touch of the hand – it’s basic human nature. It’s a crucial part of how we function.

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If kids aren’t allowed to experience monotony and tedium, it’s unlikely they will value the times they are entertained.

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My early childhood was notable by an absence of proper meals and highly processed food.

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Many of the Premier League players I have come into contact with over the years had very little concept of how the real world worked because, all their lives, they had been convinced it revolved around them.

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As a woman, I have always felt the need to hold things I do to impossibly high standards.

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I had to learn during lockdown that kids make a mess and I have to stand by. And that was tough.

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My experience of the press has always been one of fear. They make me nervous and scared.

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I’m old school and had trained to be a presenter, but suddenly everyone on social media thought they could perform that role too. There were also so many commercial TV channels and more trashy shows. Although I love watching them, I didn’t want to be part of them.

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I’m trying to find a way to love my body. It’s a bit wrinkly but that’s how it is. In terrible lighting it can look alright.

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Everyone was having fun in their 20s and 30s. I wasn’t. I had a career. I married at 23. Had first child at 27. For me life was about family and career.

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I love a masculine man. That’s just me. It doesn’t ever have to be at the expense of him being in touch with his feminine side.

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Misogyny is still very much alive and kicking in the world of football.

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Living as we do in an over-stimulative world where kids are brought up on an all-you-can-eat buffet of technological gadgets, screens and electronic games, it’s really important they have a break from that and tap into their imagination.

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If you go on a reality show in the vain hope you might be viewed as something other than who people believe you are, you will come unstuck.

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I really enjoyed my photoshoots. Did I feel objectified? No. I felt in control.

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Many women are great at having a separate life that runs alongside motherhood because they’ve smartly worked out that they need to hold on to their identity as a woman, a friend, a colleague and a professional in order that they don’t lose themselves.

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I did not have an affectionate childhood, neither of my parents were expressive in that way.

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Women have been programmed to criticise their own bodies because we should have the shape that society, and in particular men, want.

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Because while society will never want me to be content with my body, I want to try to embrace it. It carries the hallmarks of all my various lived experiences.

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I’ve grown increasingly bored and frustrated with stars and creatives making their political thoughts and beliefs known at showbiz gatherings and award ceremonies.

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Plenty of successful women started either as an unrecognised grafter or as a bit of decoration to the side of the screen.

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I would paint myself as a liberal parent. But I am also a strict disciplinarian. I insist on good behaviour and bloody good manners.

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If an unfit person pushes themself for a quick fitness fix they could end up with a broken ankle, or I knew it could reignite my chronic back problem.

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The press has always done terrible things to me.

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Coming from Sweden, I’ve always grown up with images of older women around me.

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I hated my girls’ love of princesses, ballet and all things pink and glittery. I didn’t want it foisted on them at such a tender age.

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Apart from anything else, in the most genuinely self-deprecating way, I find it very hard to watch myself on screen, whatever you might think.

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I have people I don’t particularly want around me over Christmas, family with whom relationships have been volatile, unreliable or painful.

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A couple of years into filming ‘Gladiators’, I became pregnant with my first child, and as someone who’d had maternity coursing through her veins since she was young, I threw myself head-first into all things motherhood.

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I have been known to catastrophise some things when life’s not going as I’d hoped or planned.

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Life gets busy and we choose the path of least resistance when it comes to bringing up our children.

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In the good old days when there was no social media and no mobile phones, when you were forced to actually physically meet someone and you often mixed in the same social groups, there was a sense of accountability about things.

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I think we may have overlooked men’s negative feelings about their bodies because judgment of women has historically always been so much harsher.

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We need to embrace its existence and accept that with 42 per cent of marriages ending in divorce, and with us living longer, we are considerably more likely to find ourselves in multiple serious relationships.

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I never had any idea how much happiness flaking on the sofa and doing nothing could bring.

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As my 50th loomed, I had this feeling that if I didn’t go on ;MasterChef’ now, I probably never would. After a break of many years from TV, it seemed like the right time and place to dip back into it.

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Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but I also know that funny outlasts pretty any day of the week.

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I tend to live my life for me. Because I was unfaithful in my first marriage, that doesn’t reflect particularly well, whereas I’m pretty sure if I’d been a man, it would have been passed over.

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By my fourth pregnancy I’d send somebody else to get a pregnancy test because I daren’t be seen going into Boots for one.

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If I’m too lively, too crazy for someone, then you’re not my guy.

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I wanted to show there’s more to Swedish food than Ikea meatballs.

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I love with reckless abandon and ardour at times when caution and circumspection might be the order of the day.

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