Michelle Heaton breaks down as she apologises to Lorraine
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Lorraine Kelly, 61, opened up about her experience with the perimenopause and how her husband of 29 years Steve Smith, helped her through it all. The hormopnal change, also nick-names The Change, caused the presenter to suffer uncharacteristic anxiety and low moods, a period in her life which she branded as purely “horrible”.
My husband didn’t know what was going on!
In a new interview, Lorraine admitted she “completely lost herself”.
“It was absolutely horrible,” she recalled.
“My husband didn’t know what was going on!
“He said, ‘What can I do, how can I help?’
“It was him who said, ‘You have to get some help.’”
Taking his advice, she spoke to ITV’s resident doctor, Hilary Jones, who suggested it might be her hormones hearing up for the menopause.
Wanting his pal to have her mind put at rest, he sent her to menopause expert Dr Louise Newson who, along with other experts and celebrities such as Davina McCall, have helped shatter the menopause taboo.
Back in 2013 when Lorraine’s symptoms started, The Change was rarely discussed due to the stigma surrounding it.
Lorraine said: “We quite rightly talk about women going through the menopause – but partners go through it too and I don’t think we talk about it enough.
Crediting Steve for urging her to seek real help, Lorraine continued to gush over her hubby and father of their 27-year-old daughter Rosie.
The iconic daytime TV host wed the cameraman in 1992, following a lengthy professional relationship.
Earlier this year, she took a look back at their early days, admitting it “took a bit of work” before they eventually hit it off romantically.
While chatting to Kate Thornton on her White Wine Question Time podcast, about where she would be now if she had decided to go to university instead of joining her local newspaper, Lorraine exclaimed: “You just don’t know!
“And then meeting my husband Steve, he was my cameraman for years and years.
“We were friends for a whole year before I finally got him, but it took a bit of work,” she laughed.
Going into more detail about the run up to becoming official, Lorraine explained they had to really think things through before they committed to anything.
“It was one of those things where you don’t go into a relationship like that without really thinking about he ramifications if it doesn’t work,” she said.
“Because that makes it awkward for everybody.
“Especially if you’re a really tight-knit team.”
She added: “We did have to think about that because it could have been really, really awkward.
“But when you know, you know and you think, ‘It’s going to be fine!'” she beamed.
And fine it was, as the pair went on to have Rosie, who was born two years after the pair tied the knot in 1992.
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