Anne Hegerty’s “appalling” life on the bread line before The Chase: “I would starve” | Celebrity News | Show biz & TV
The Chase star has risen to fame in recent years. Characterized by her pragmatic approach to candidates, Hegerty quickly became the nation’s favorite and is known as the governess. She had a short stint in the jungle on “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!” But quickly resumed her rightful place at ITV headquarters.
Tonight, she appears in Beat the Chasers, where the show’s quizmasters join forces to take on more competitors from across the country.
While Hegerty is now thought to have a healthy salary, money hasn’t always been easy to find.
Speaking in 2019, she admitted to “struggling and hungry” as a freelance writer with very little work.
She told The Sun on Sunday: “I was struggling, I was hungry, I was a freelance writer but had very little work.
“I had to go to Asda, it’s the best supermarket if you are poor because they have a good basic range, Sainsbury’s is for the rich and upscale people.
“I took coupons, napped in my head just to get eggs and bread or a tin of cheap Irish stew.
“I would starve and want two cans, but I wouldn’t be able to afford them.
“The poorer you are, the hungrier you are.”
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“I don’t know where I would be without The Chase, it changed my life.”
She got her big chance after The Chase was on TV for a year in 2010.
Soon she was able to pay off her mortgage and various debts.
About his relationship with money, Hegerty said: “I like having a lot of money, I think it’s great.
“There are very few problems that money cannot solve.”
In 2003, she was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and later said that while her parents were “probably doing their best,” her mother didn’t understand she was growing up.
Asperger’s syndrome is a developmental disorder that can affect the behavior of people diagnosed with the condition – social interaction being a difficulty.
In an interview about it with OK! Online last year, Hegerty explained that she didn’t like being labeled as “battling” the disease.
On the contrary, she said: “The point I would like to make is that I don’t struggle with autism – which is just my personality – but I do struggle with people who don’t consider the accommodations I need. “
Beat the Chasers airs tonight at 8:30 p.m. on ITV One.