Former wild childs are radiant in their 40s and 50s

From wild nights out to wellness! How the party-loving It girls of the Nineties and Noughties look BETTER in middle age than they did 20 years ago after swapping hell-raising for healthy living

  • Women known as party girls in the noughties have rebranded as wellness gurus  
  • Meg Matthews and Sadie Frost are among those who were known for antics 
  • They were often snapped drinking and partying while out on the town  
  • Now in their 30s, 40s and 50s, they look better than ever thanks to healthy life

From the many celebrity arrests to the endless pictures of boozy nights,  the nineties and noughties were a heyday for famous party girls.

From Meg Matthews to Sadie Frost, many found fame stumbling out of night clubs holding a pint in one hand and a cigarette in the other.

But today, the wild children of the nineties and noughties wouldn’t be spotted in a night club.

Instead, you’re more likely to see them in a yoga class, growing their own vegetables, or preaching about their skincare routine.

Many IT Girls of the era have found themselves now posturing as wellness gurus – and as a result of ditching the hedonism have never looked better.

Here, FEMAIL reveals how the likes of Zoe Ball and Kate Moss look radiant and composed in their 40s and 50s…

Meg Matthews, 56


She was once known as the hard partying queen of Primrose Hill and the ultimate IT girl of the Cool Britannia set – with Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher on her side. But when she became blindsided by depression and fatigue, Meg Matthews, now 56, mistook the symptoms for payback for her former life – not realising it was menopause. Left in 1998 with Noel Gallaher, right in 2018 with Tamara Beckwith


She has written a book, The New Hot: Taking on the Menopause with Attitude and has opened up about how the menopause crippled her sex life, left her with no libido and ‘wiped her out physically and mentally’ – sparking a fitness and health overhaul. Left in 2001, right in 2019

In the Nineties Meg would spend her nights partying away with the likes of Kate Moss, Davinia Taylor and Sadie Frost. Meg is pictured with her ex Noel Gallagher

She was once known as the hard partying queen of Primrose Hill and the ultimate IT girl of the Cool Britannia set – with Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher on her side.

In the Nineties Meg Matthews, now 56, would spend her nights partying away with the likes of Kate Moss, Davinia Taylor and Sadie Frost.

She admitted she ‘didn’t have the right look for the times’ because she was ‘never a natural waif’ – but got a boob job, dieted and filled her wardrobe with designer clothes to hone ‘the right look’.

But when she became blindsided by depression and fatigue, Meg mistook the symptoms for payback for her former life – not realising it was menopause.

She has written a book, The New Hot: Taking on the Menopause with Attitude and has opened up about how the menopause crippled her sex life, left her with no libido and ‘wiped her out physically and mentally’ – sparking a fitness and health overhaul.

Speaking about her experience in lockdown, Meg said she has been keeping up her supplements and hormone therapy, and enjoying daily walks up Primrose Hill with her dog Ziggy and online HIIT classes.

In January 2018, the reformed party girl launched MegsMenopause, a product range to help women cope with the symptoms.

She also followed a Keto diet, losing 6lb in three weeks, and lies on an infrared acupuncture mat for 45 minutes to detoxify her body.

Her new relaxed pace of life is a far cry from her days as the wife of Oasis rocker Noel Gallagher, with whom she shares daughter Anais, 20, and member of the Primrose Hill set.

Sadie Frost, 56


Like Meg, Sadie was a members of The Primrose Hill Set, a name given to the all-star group of edgy residents of the leafy neighbourhood, who were known in their heyday for their wild ways with stories of their antics becoming the stuff of legend.  But now 56, the mother-of-two, who is often referred to as ‘Britain’s Gwyneth Paltrow’ has swapped boozy nights for early mornings teaching yoga and Pilates. Left in 2009, right in 2022


She has worked at the exclusive Khera-Griggs Cleanse Clinic, in Knightsbridge, London and discussed her passion for veganism and holistic health, which have contributed to her age-defying looks. She is pictured left in 2007 and right in 2022 at the launch of Frost Body at Native at Browns

Look at how far they’ve come! Leah Woods, Kate Moss And Sadie Frost are seen at the Supergrass Party, Astral Club, London, 11th October 1999

Like Meg, Sadie was a members of The Primrose Hill Set, a name given to the all-star group of edgy residents of the leafy neighbourhood, who were known in their heyday for their wild ways with stories of their antics becoming the stuff of legend.

But now 56, the mother-of-two, who is often referred to as ‘Britain’s Gwyneth Paltrow’ has swapped boozy nights for early mornings teaching yoga and Pilates.

She has worked at the exclusive Khera-Griggs Cleanse Clinic, in Knightsbridge, London and discussed her passion for veganism and holistic health, which have contributed to her age-defying looks.

 Sadie also co-authored a wellbeing book called Nourish and has a yoga clothing range. 

She is mother to Finlay Munro Kemp, 31, who she shares with Gary Kemp, and Rafferty, Iris, 21, and Rudy Law, 19, from her marriage to actor Jude Law. 

The former social butterfly  has since said she now enjoys a more solitary lifestyle of peace and quiet, and wants to move to the country once the last of her children have moved out.

She completed an MA in film studies at Staffordshire University before following it up with a course on documentary making, and has just premiered her documentary on the designer Mary Quant at the BFI. 

Kate Moss, 48


Kate Moss was famous for her antics on and off the runway in the nineties and noughties but now 48, has admitted that encroaching middle age has helped her strike the healthy balance she lacked at the height of her modelling career. Left in  2006, right in 2022


The Croydon born star, plucked from obscurity and pushed into the limelight after being discovered at the tender age of 14, has turned her back on the wild nights that epitomised her jetsetting youth. Left in the 1990s, right this week

The reformed Primrose Hill queen, pictured in 2001,  credits Sadie Frost for the changes in her lifestyle, which include boosting her skin, providing her with restful sleep and upping her energy levels

Kate Moss was famous for her antics on and off the runway in the nineties and noughties but now 48, has admitted that  encroaching middle age has helped her strike the healthy balance she lacked at the height of her modelling career.

The Croydon born star, plucked from obscurity and pushed into the limelight after being discovered at the tender age of 14, has turned her back on the wild nights that epitomised her jetsetting youth.

In 2018, she told Harper’s Bazaar she had ‘learned to take care of herself more’ and now does ‘yoga every day’ and ‘doesn’t go out as much’.

And in 2010, her longtime friend, DJ Fat Tony, has revealed she was two-years sober, with the pair having more fun now than ever before. 

 Speaking to NBC’s Megyn Kelly in 2018, Kate also revealed: ‘I go to bed, I drink lots of water, not too much coffee, and I’m trying to cut down on cigarettes.’

But the reformed Primrose Hill queen credits Sadie Frost for the changes in her lifestyle, which include boosting her skin, providing her with restful sleep and upping her energy levels.

Kate has given interviews saying she likes to ‘hit the sack at 11pm-ish and watch Netflix’, adding that she was trying to cut down on cigarettes and instead dealt with stress by doing yoga, which helped her ‘concentrate on the here and now’. 

Zoe Ball, 51


TV and radio presenter Zoe Ball, left leaving her home before her wedding to DJ Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim in 1999, became the poster girl for ladette culture before she adopted a newfound healthy lifestyle. Right, Zoe in December last year


Zoe is pictured aged 29 as she attends the 19th BRIT Awards  in 1999, right, Zoe at the National Television Awards earlier this year 

The presenter, pictured at the BRIT Awards in 1998, is now six years sober and has very much embraced a new-found healthy lifestyle.

With her hardcore partying and heavy drinking, Zoe Ball became the poster girl for ladette culture when she landed the role of first female host of the Radio 1 Breakfast Show in 1997. 

Her reputation as a party girl increased after her 1999 marriage to superstar DJ Fatboy Slim – Norman Cook – when she often found herself among other female stars known for their booze-fuelled antics.

Zoe has been candid about her relationship with alcohol and initially gave up on the morning of New Year’s Day 2009 following a party which ended in ‘total carnage’ – however broke her sobriety in 2014. 

The presenter is now six years sober and has very much embraced a new-found healthy lifestyle. 

Previously sharing the virtues of new healthy lifestyle, Zoe revealed that she maintains a healthy diet and exercises regularly to keep her body ‘a well-tuned engine’. 

When it comes to caffeine she indulges in just one cup of coffee a day and has quit smoking entirely. 

‘I gave up smoking when I stopped drinking but I wish I had never smoked at all because there is a line on my face for every fag’, she said. 

Denise van Outen, 47


Denise van Outen was known for her hard partying and wild antics. Left, the presenter at a film premiere in 2000. Right, Denise attending a launch party in London last month 


But Denise’s wild antics are seemingly over, with the presenter revealing last year that while she doesn’t regret ladette days, she prefers to drink moderately nowadays. Denise is pictured left at a charity concert in 2005. She is pictured right at a London award show last year 

The mother-of-one now leads a more healthy lifestyle, keeping a regular exercise routine and maintaining a balanced diet. The presenter is pictured in 2005 

Denise van Outen was known in the 90s for her hard partying and wild antics, recently describing the decade as ‘blur’ and ‘one long, glorious party’. 

Detailing her hedonistic exploits in a recent memoir, she recalled sleeping with Sophie Dahl, rowing with Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss and even flashing Prince Charles.

Aged 23, the presenter attended a 1998 reception at Buckingham Palace while working as a host on Channel 4’s The Big Breakfast show and decided to take some souvenirs with her. 

She took an antique ashtray and tissue holder, but was swiftly contacted by Palace officials who told her to return the goods. 

After giving back the ‘borrowed’ items – the presenter sent Her Majesty a stuffed camel with a note saying: ‘Sorry, Ma’am. I didn’t mean to give you the hump.’ 

But Denise’s wild antics are seemingly over, with the presenter revealing last year that while she doesn’t regret ladette days, she prefers to drink moderately nowadays. 

She told the Mirror: ‘I don’t go out now to get drunk but I think when I was younger we did, you’d go out with your mates with the purpose of just getting really drunk.

The mother-of-one now leads a more healthy lifestyle, keeping a regular exercise routine and maintaining a balanced diet. 

‘With age it has, definitely. It’s made me more aware of my body and looking after myself. I think when you become a mum as well, and you’ve got a child that you’re looking after, you want to be around for them’, she told the Irish news.  

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