Bake Off’s Sue Perkins reveals she has a brain tumour

Sue has opened up about the tumour that will stop her having children

by Anna Lewis |
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The* Great British Bake Off’*s Sue Perkins has opened up about discovering she has a brain tumour that will prevent her from having any biological children in the future.

"I'm lucky that it's benign so it's not in itself a worrying thing," Sue told Good Housekeeping magazine.

"Sometimes it's big and makes me mad, and sometimes it's small and is in the background. Sometimes it screws up my hormones. I have various tests now to make sure the side effects aren't too onerous."

She continued: "I found out when I had a check-up while filming The Supersizers, eight years ago. I was at a point where I was spending so much of my life doing TV that I only found out about my real life through a television procedure.

"I didn't have the time to go to the doctor in real life. That's what really made me think that the balance [in my life] was wrong."

The tumour means Sue won’t be able to have any biological children in the future.

"We live in a time and place where we think everything is possible.

"I don't know if I would have gone on to have children. But as soon as someone says you can't have something, you want it more than anything."

Asked how she felt about her presenting partner Mel Giedroyc becoming a mother, she said: "When she had her first child I thought, 'This is an experience I won't have or share. You've gone somewhere I can't go'.

"You think it is going to destroy something, but actually it hasn't destroyed anything - we have very different lives and different experiences now."

The full interview appears in the October issue of Good Housekeeping, on sale 2 September.

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