After parting from her son’s father, Alison Hammond claimed she felt like a ‘failure’ at first.
The 48-year-old This Morning broadcaster initially appeared on Big Brother in 2002, then moved on to ITV’s main breakfast show before co-hosting The Great British Bake Off last year.
She has previously featured on I’m a Celebrity.Get Me Out Of Here!, Strictly Come Dancing, and Celebrity MasterChef.
However, on the most recent broadcast of This Morning, she acknowledged that a certain period in her personal life left her feeling failed.
On Friday’s show, Alison and co-host Dermot O’Leary spoke with Paloma Faith about her new album, The Glorification of Sadness, which she said was inspired by her breakup with Leyman Lahcine, the father of her two children.
‘It feels very heavy that I broke up with my children’s dad. I felt stages of grief and even now two years on I feel this sense of guilt I failed my children, society and what’s expected,’ she shared.
‘The album goes through the stages of grief It is my biggest failure and my only regret despite being someone who has never regretted anything.’
However, soon after, Alison gave her a pep talk, telling her that, while she had previously felt the same way, it was wrong.
‘That doesn’t make you a failure- you are a single mum and a pop star who is smashing life. That is your life and journey and story.’
She continued: ‘I felt that failure with my son’s dad when we broke up but he moved on and has three other kids now and they are part of our life.’
Alison has an 18-year-old son named Aiden with her previous lover Noureddine Boufaied, a cab driver in Manchester.
She was previously in a public relationship with gardener Ben Hawkins, but they are said to have parted early last year.
The former couple dated for about two years but kept their romance quiet, with the pair only appearing in public together once.
Alison previously discussed her approach to relationships on Gyles Brandreth’s podcast Rosebud, saying that she’struggles’ since she enjoys her own company.
‘I think that’s why I struggle in relationships because I don’t want somebody around me all the time. I love being on my own. I’m OK with it. I’ve never felt lonely.’
This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV1.