Anne Hegerty won a place in the nation's heart when she raised awareness of autism on I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, and the star is now opening up about the diagnosis she received when she was 45.
The 61-year-old star, who is known for her role as The Governess on hit ITV quiz show The Chase, opened up about autism in a recent interview with OK! magazine.
Anne received her autism diagnosis later on in life at the age of 45, and says, while she supports a diagnosis and being informed, she believes that lack of a diagnosis early on meant nobody, particularly her mother, expected less of her.
Anne happily opened up about some of the myths about autism, with the main one for her surrounding socialising. She told Ok!: "A lot of people assume we want a vibrant social life but are just too shy and awkward to ask.
"They insist we come out, thinking they’re doing something very nice. But for me, I’d love to have less of a social life. I thrive in my own company."
She added, however, that autistic people can be very different, and others may like socialising.
Anne described herself as a "slow-thinker" and explained that she can think more clearly when she is on her her own.
For this reason, she said she has actually enjoyed the lockdown period, which has given her more time to organise her household routine, cook more, and not have to feel guilty about reduced socialising time.
To find out more about autism, visit the National Autistic Society's website.
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