Former model Kelly Brook, 39, currently presents a weekday show on Heart FM and lives in London and Kent with her actor boyfriend, 34-year-old Jeremy Parisi.
I realise I was quite naive when I started out in this business. There have been moments in my life when I’ve been distracted, when I’ve strayed from my path.
When I was on TV in the UK on The Big Breakfast, I didn’t realise some people were being nice to me as they thought it would help their careers.
In 2014, I moved to Los Angeles where I was cast in a sitcom called One Big Happy. I’m a fan of self-help books so you can imagine that there was no shortage of reading matter in LA.
Former model Kelly Brook, 39, lives in London and Kent with her actor boyfriend Jeremy Parisi, 34
I’ll never forget something I read in one of them — it’s something I’ve always found helpful. It said: ‘Love many. Trust few. Always paddle your own canoe.’ Those words resonated with me because they reminded me to be a little cautious about the people in whom I place my trust.
I like to think I’m a loving and open person. But I tended to trust everybody. As I moved into my 30s, I came to realise that was a mistake. I’m particularly thinking of members of the opposite sex. I had a series of boyfriends who professed their undying love then cheated on me.
I was guilty of giving people the benefit of the doubt, so I wasn’t doing enough to protect my own interests. I hope I’ve always been kind, but you can forget to be kind to yourself.
Being too nice can rebound on you. Certainly, jealousy can play its part. I think people sometimes want what you’ve got.
I come from a normal, working-class background and was taught a proper set of values by my parents. It’s why my boyfriend Jeremy and I get on so well. He has a successful career but, like me, he values structure and a settled life.
We’ve got the most beautiful garden you could imagine, a lovely home life, fantastic jobs. I could be out at a party every night but those days are gone. I’m now at my happiest when I’m pottering about in my garden — and with five acres that means quite a lot of pottering! I’m paddling my canoe towards the sunset; that’s my goal now.
Kelly co-presents the drivetime show on Heart FM Monday to Friday, and Saturday’s breakfast show.