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Cilla: My night smoking pot at 61
The veteran Liverpool singer and presenter was talking for the first time about being asked on a TV chat show if she had tried cannabis in later life.
She said: “I am a good Catholic girl, and you know the Catholic guilt thing, so I admitted I had.
“But I do not advocate it. What do they say – it was my moment of madness.”
Cilla, who is starring in pantomime at the Liverpool Empire this year, revealed it happened four years ago, in Los Angeles, on her 61st birthday.
She said: “It was a young guy at a private party.
“He asked if he could smoke.
“He took out this spliff, and I was kind of flattered, and he offered it to me.
“But I have not done it since.
“But I tell you what, it got me over my jet lag. I had the best sleep ever.”
She added: “It was my birthday, and I thought, well, I am a pensioner now.
“And, after all, I had jumped out of a plane the year before.”
Cilla told the ECHO she expects it to be confirmed next week she is returning to television to host a new dating show for Sky One.
The star, who presented ITV’s Blind Date for 18 years, said: “It brings the whole dating process into the 21st century using animation.”
She said: “I enjoyed the pilot. They’re taking me out to dinner next Thursday. Now, they wouldn’t do that if they didn’t want to know. And I need to know so I can organise my social life. A couple of weeks after I finish the panto I would normally go to Barbados. I think it will be a well deserved trip this year.”
Cilla stars as fairy godmother in Cinderella at the Empire from December 11 to January 4.
The all-Liverpool cast also includes Jennifer Ellison, Les Dennis, Ted Robbins and Pete Price.
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