Meg Mathews is a self-confessed homebody; never happier than when she's "at home, warm and snug in my hush cashmere with Anais [her 17-year-old daughter from her marriage to Noel Gallagher], my dogs Ziggy and Oscar, and a good box set". Yes, that's Meg Mathews: former stalwart of the Primrose Hill party set; ex-wife of Oasis' Noel Gallagher: the woman who went to 10 Downing Street to meet then Prime Minister Tony Blair wearing a crop top. These days, she's considerably less outrageous - and, you feel, much more herself...
What’s the soundtrack to your life?
Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child of Mine.
The one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?
I was brought up in South Africa and lived in Land Rover for a year with my mum and dad as we drove through and explored Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
Best party you’ve ever been to?
My own Moroccan themed 40th birthday party. Instead of hosting the party in a club, I moved all the furniture out of my house and transformed my house into a club. I had a different DJ on each floor and a marquee in the garden. It was really personal and fun.
What songs would you have on your ultimate party playlist?
Lithium – Nirvana; People are strange – The Doors; The Logical Song – Supertramp; Amazing – Aerosmith; Paradise City – Guns N’ Roses; Vogue – Madonna; Toxic – Britney Spears; No scrubs – TLC; Sorry – Justin Bieber; No More Drama – Mary J. Blige; Love on the Rocks – Neil Diamond; I’ll be Missing You – P Diddy; Sexyback – Justin Timberlake; Scream – Usher; Hero – Enrique Iglesias.
When are you happiest?
When I’m at home, warm and snug in my hush cashmere with Anais, my dogs Ziggy and Oscar and a good box set.
What did you want to be growing up?
A vet. I grew up in South Africa and from the age of three I was always around animals and wildlife.
Who or what is the love of your life?
Anais and my dogs.
What would you tell your 18-year-old self?
Don’t smoke and don’t drink.
Who was (or is) your role model?
It was my mum before she passed away. She was my best friend and my confidant and I could always count on her advice on coping with the ups and downs of life.
Best advice you’ve ever been given?
This too shall pass.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Raising my daughter and launching my menopause support website, megsmenopause.com.
We're all about the value of female friendships: what quality do your friends share?
They are good listeners and are supportive, genuine and kind.
Choose six women - dead or alive - to have dinner with: who and where do you go?
Marie Curie, Chelsea Handler, Anais Nin, Ellen DeGeneres, Coco Chanel and JK Rowling, we'd go to Farmacy on Westbourne Grove.
The last time you laughed out loud?
Today when I tried to get Anais up for school!
What was the last book you read?
Out of This Century: Confessions of an Art Addict by Peggy Guggenheim
I spent last weekend in Paris with my best friend soaking up the culture and enjoying good food. I went to the amazing show at Crazy Horse on Avenue George V and the beautiful Dior exhibition at the Musée des Arts.
What – if anything – keeps you awake at night?
The menopause! During the menopause, the hormone levels in our bodies are in flux and this accompanied by night sweats makes it much harder to fall asleep. It is one of the more than 34 symptoms of the menopause that you can read about on my new website.
Winter or Spring?
Early bird or night owl?
Over or under dressed?
Cashmere from hush (of course).
Night in or night out?
Cocktail or green tea?
Word you over-use?
Dream holiday destination?
One thing you’d want on a desert island?
Follow Meg on Instagram @megmathewsofficial_ and visit her new website, MegsMenopause.com, an open source of information and advice dedicated to empowering women through an honest and frank discussion of all things menopause!