Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman, 47, has admitted she suffered “flashbacks” following the incident which took place in 2014. Her daughter Matilda was eight when she caught fire after her Halloween costume went up in flames due to a nearby candle.
Claudia revealed that the accident had a devastating impact on her mentally while speaking to child clinical psychologist Tanya Bryon on their podcast How Did We Get Here?
The Strictly host confessed she suffered “flashbacks which hit like a tsunami” following the horrific incident.
Speaking on the podcast, Claudia admitted Tanya had helped her to deal with the torment when she felt she was about to “drown”.
“I can say out loud that you helped me with flashbacks,” the BBC favourite explained. “I had flashbacks of my daughter when she had an accident when she was eight-years-old.”
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Claudia Winkleman on harrowing ’flashbacks' amid family torment (Image: GETTY/WENN)
Claudia Winkleman spoke about her daughter's horrific accident (Image: GETTY)
Claudia continued: “And they come at you - the only way that I can describe it - it’s like a bull. Like a tsunami.
“It’s so enormous that you think you are going to drown. So instead you have to shove it to one side.”
The youngster suffered severe burns to her legs and her neighbour, Jamie Poulton, was left with second-degree burns after trying to tackle the fire with his bare hands.
Speaking at the time, he told the Daily Mail: “All the children were wearing the same kit.
Claudia Winkleman's husband Kris Thykier with their daughter Matilda (Image: GETTY)
Claudia Winkleman has been married to her husband Kris Thykier for two decades (Image: GETTY)
“It was like a potential horror film in front of me