Dita Von Teese thought she would have retired at 28.

The 40-year-old star - who split from husband Marilyn Manson in 2007 - did not think she would still be performing burlesque routines at this stage of her life, but as long as people still want to her strip she'll carry on.

She said:'' I thought I'd be married and retired by 28. I didn't think I'd be at the top of my career in striptease.

''I don't worry about having kids and it affecting my body. I'd have to rethink things if that happened, but it wouldn't make me less of a woman if it did.''

Dita believes she is actually the healthiest she has been at any stage in her life.

The raven-haired beauty credits this to her cutting calorific ''fizzy drinks and fast food'' out of her diet.

She told Closer magazine: ''My weight doesn't really fluctuate but I feel better about myself when I'm around 112 lbs.

''I have better knowledge of my body and how to treat it. Between 18 and 20 I was a few pounds heavier, as I used to drink fizzy drinks and eat fast food.''