The Chase star Anne Hegerty has opened up about how having autism has impacted her ability to ‘hold down’ relationships, as she reveals her longest relationship only lasted a few months.
Anne, 62, is currently appearing on The Chase spin-off The Chasers Road Trip: Trains, Brains and Automobiles alongside fellow quizzers Shaun Wallace, 60, and Mark Labbett, 55.
In a clip from tonight’s episode on ITV, Anne – who was diagnosed with autism in her mid-forties – explained the relationship struggles she has had in the past.
‘One of the things that goes along with autism, I really can’t hold down relationships. I’ve tried,’ she said.
‘My longest relationship ever was four months and that only lasted that long because he lived in Brighton and I lived in Manchester.’
Anne said that while the man in question was ‘lovely’, she isn’t adept at giving people the ‘attention’ they may desire.
‘He was a lovely bloke but I’m just not good with the sort of amount of attention that people need,’ the former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star remarked.
In The Chasers Roadtrip, Anne, Shaun and Mark all take a test to find out how their emotional intelligence (EQ) would be graded as a percentage.
In a voiceover, narrator Rob Brydon explains that while 40 per cent of top performers in business have a high IQ, 90 per cent have a high EQ.
When she receives her results, Anne learns that she has an EQ level of just 1 per cent, prompting her to joke that she is ‘basically a cyborg’.
During her time on I’m A Celebrity in 2018, Anne opened up about her autism diagnosis, receiving high praise from viewers for raising awareness of the condition.
Afterwards, she admitted that she wasn’t ‘looking’ to ‘become the face of autism’.
‘It feels like a responsibility and there are times when I feel people don’t understand what I’m trying to make them understand,’ she told Metro.co.uk.
In April last year, Anne spoke out about ‘enjoying’ self-isolating during the coronavirus lockdown, although she said that she felt ‘slightly guilty’ about it.
‘I feel really slightly guilty about it, but honestly I am literally the luckiest person in the UK right now, because I am absolutely fine staying on my own and I’ve been thinking for ages how wonderful it would be to have a nice, long guilt-free sabbatical,’ she confessed.
The Chasers Road Trip continues tonight at 9pm on ITV.
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