Monday 26 September 2016

Sue Perkins reveals infertility diagnosis felt like 'bereavement'

Published 20/09/2015 | 11:30

Sue Perkins was told she was infertile in 2007 after being diagnosed with a benign brain tumour
Sue Perkins was told she was infertile in 2007 after being diagnosed with a benign brain tumour

Great British Bake Off co-host Sue Perkins said it felt like "bereavement" when she was told cancer meant she could not have children.

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The writer and comedian was told she was infertile in 2007 when doctors discovered a benign brain tumour.

Perkins, who is now in a relationship with documentary-maker Anna Richardson, kept news of her diagnosis a secret for eight years, breaking her silence this summer.

She told The Sunday Times Magazine: "It really did hit me, as it hits a lot of people, I'm sure, when it's too late, this is not going to happen.

"I can't now have it as an out-of-sight, out-of-mind possibility, lurking.

"It's just not going to happen, it's not going to ever be part of my life. And although I never yearned to physically have my own child, it felt like bereavement. It really did."

Perkins, 45, thanked fans for their support after going public about the tumour.

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