Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Why Worry about Age? I Feel Better Than Ever ; Cameron Diaz Tells Hannah Stephenson Her Philosophy on Growing Older

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Why Worry about Age? I Feel Better Than Ever ; Cameron Diaz Tells Hannah Stephenson Her Philosophy on Growing Older

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N her late 30s, Cameron Diaz recalls how journalists would often ask her if she was scared about turning 40.

"They were saying, 'Aren't you afraid that the death of your career is imminent because you don't look 25 any more?"' This observation appears in her exploration of the ageing process in The Longevity Book, which sees her embrace and celebrate ageing, often citing scientific evidence around what we might expect as we get older, and how we can live better, stronger, healthier lives as we age.

"Why is everybody so scared of ageing? I feel better than I ever have," says Cameron, now 43. "It's not just physical. I feel different mentally as a human being."

Today, Cameron fully accepts the fact she doesn't look or feel the same as she did 20 years ago, but is enjoying each era as it comes.

"I'm not trying to have the best body in Hollywood. I'm very happy maintaining my wellbeing, which is a priority in my life.

"As you get old, at any point in your life, the only way you can have success is if you focus on what you gain, not what you have to give up.

"Let's push the mid-life crisis off a bridge and throw ourselves a party instead. The mid-life celebration: a personal holiday that celebrates the journey we've made to get here, and the unexpected places we have yet to discover."

It certainly sounds like Cameron - who celebrated her first wedding anniversary with Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden in January -is enjoying her own mid-life celebration.

"My husband is one of the pillars of my wellbeing and we get to build our life together," she says.

They married at home in Beverly Hills in January 2015, after being engaged for only 17 days, and Cameron is often seen out and about with her sister-in-law, designer Nicole Richie, who is married to Benji's brother Joel, Good Charlotte's lead singer.

Back on the subject of her book, she says: "I just think it's a privilege to get older. Not everybody gets there. I've lost plenty of friends, who died in their 20s and 30s. We're looking at ageing as a bad thing, but if you're doing it, you are really lucky.

"We're living the longest we've ever lived. I can live longer, but I don't just want to be alive. …

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