Konnie Huq has revealed the one thing that helped her deal with losing both her parents.
The 45 year-old former Blue Peter presenter admitted she found it very challenging having both her parents die within a few years of each other, whilst still having to parent her two young children, but talking openly about her grief was her saviour.
Huq, who's been married to satirist and Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker since 2010, opened up about her struggle whilst taking part in photographer Rankin’s new exhibition Lost For Words.
The exhibition focuses on the grief journey and includes a projection of her late father, who died from prostate cancer in 2014 – shortly followed by her mother in 2017, who had dementia.
Huq first appeared on our screens as one of the hosts of popular children's show Blue Peter back in 1997, and became one of the programme's longest-serving presenters. Recently she's appeared on panel shows like Loose Women as an advocate for sustainable fashion and revealed earlier this year that she hasn't bought new clothes in 10 years.
The mum-of-two – who shares sons Covey, eight, and Huxley, six with Brooker – described watching her sons grow up as her parents passed away as 'the circle of life'. 'It was a weird time,' she told Entertainment Focus.
Discussing how people often 'compartmentalise death and store it away, only for it to hit you when you least expect it,' she noted that everybody deals with grief differently. 'It’s such a personal thing that people are quite awkward around it and when it comes to other people, some are in touch to see how you are and others give you a wide berth – maybe because that’s what they wanted when they experienced loss themselves,' she explained.
'It is an important thing to have conversations in the immediate aftermath of loss,' she said, 'but when the moment has passed, you feel you can’t bring it up or you’re harping on about the past, but it’s something that most people will encounter – so it seemed like good timing to contribute to Lost For Words, to pick-up that conversation again.'
Encouraging people to open up more, she said: 'If you’re having a conversation you can own it more and have more control, but, if you are compartmentalising, you may sweep it under the carpet – and mentally it’s going to be manifested in some way, so having outlets for that dialogue is the best way to release build up.'
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