“The other part can’t sit still and strains to get up and out and earn a living, which I’ve done since I had two paper rounds and a Pools round when I was 11.” It has been three years since the queen bee of breakfast abruptly took flight from the sofa.
Strung out and exhausted after 12 years by the conflicting demands of antisocial work hours, children and shuttling up and down the motorway to see her ailing mother in Wales, she had become a reluctant poster girl for the sandwich generation. In 2008, she upped and left midway into her £300,000 contract, controversially announcing that women “can’t have it all”.
‘It helps us to perform better, to run away from danger or to face it.
That butterfly feeling is your body preparing you for a performance.
This is because she ran out of the house earlier without her only working debit card (her others may have been hacked, but she hasn’t had time to ring the bank), having frantically gone through the pockets of everything she wore yesterday while filming a documentary The Truth About Stress for the BBC, part of its mental health season.‘My husband says to me, “You’re always losing things.” And I think, “Yes, because I’m so busy.” If you can learn to just be in the moment, as I’ve discovered while making this programme…’ And off she goes again, not at all in the moment, about how she’d stopped at Birmingham New Street station on the way back from filming to do an emergency food shop for her teenage sons Nathaniel, 17, and Mackenzie, 14, even though her husband Martin Frizell (who has his own busy job as editor of This Morning) said he would take care of it.