Gail Porter has sincerely reflected on her struggles with mental health, being homeless and losing her hair as she turns 50.
The presenter also revealed that she “was not chosen” to appear on the hit show First Dates, admitting that she played with the idea of dating apps to find love.
While elsewhere in her interview with The Sun, Gail said she didn’t blame TV executives for not wanting to offer her work after her diagnosis of alopecia in 2005.
Candidate: Gail Porter reflected on her struggles with mental health, being homeless and losing her hair as she turns 50 (pictured in 2019)
Speaking of her life, Gail said, “I’m homeless, I’ve gone bankrupt, I’ve lost my hair, I’ve lost my mom and dad – I’m still here. You can’t get rid of me.
Currently single and forward-looking, Gail said she refused to appear on First Dates, admitting that she and her 18-year-old daughter Honey loved the hit Channel 4 show.
She said: “I don’t think I was right. When they ask a guy about their ideal woman, they probably don’t say bald or petite… I always think I’m not good enough.
Gail also revealed that she is considering giving Tinder – which she heard about on Crime – and famous favorite Raya, a try in her search for a mate, but is worried about meeting the wrong type of person.
TV Star: The 50-year-old presenter was at the peak of her career in the ’90s, hosting shows such as Top Of The Pops, Children In Need and The Big Breakfast (pictured from 1999)
The star added that she would like her future partner to have her own place as she is not good at being around people all the time.
Gail has previously discussed meetings with Closer Magazine, explaining that her hair loss due to alopecia has affected her self-confidence.
She said, “Basically if anyone wants to date me that would be great. But I think I gave up. I guess I’ll just die with a cat… When I lost my hair, I lost a lot of confidence – but I have a happy heart.
The mother-of-one married Toploader guitarist Dan Hipgrave in 2001, but the couple separated in 2005. Their daughter Honey was born in 2002.
Gail, who was severed in 2011 and has spoken candidly about her mental health often, admitted that some days are still tough and she can’t always be ‘strong’.
Looking for love: Gail revealed that she was not chosen to appear on the First Dates show, but that she played with the idea of joining a dating app to find love (pictured with ex-husband Dan Hipgrave and daughter Honey in 2004)
After losing her hair in 2005, Gail saw her TV shows dry up, but she told The Sun that she doesn’t blame anyone for not hiring her.
She explained that after being severed and placed in a secure unit, she was not really “the most attractive thing”.
Gail said, “I wasn’t that kind of bubbly pretty girl that I was in the ’90s. I was a handful, probably. And probably also a handicap, so that was fair enough.
She also faced hardships over the next decade, becoming homeless in 2014 and sleeping on a park bench for a while.
Gail described the six months she was homeless as “total chaos” and admitted it was a frightening situation at times.
Strong: Gail said, “I’m homeless, I’ve gone bankrupt, I’ve lost my hair, I’ve lost my mom and dad – I’m still here. You can’t get rid of me ”(photo from 2015)
The following year, Gail appeared on Big Brother UK vs USA, revealing that when a boyfriend asked her if she would appear on the show, she told them she would do anything if it meant having it again. a “roof over his head”.
James Hill ended up winning the 16th season and Austin Armacost was the finalist of the year. Other roommates included Farrah Abraham, Sherrie Hewson, Bobby Davro and Janice Dickinson.
Gail said she wasn’t paid much for her stay in the house, but left with enough money to post a bond on an apartment.
And discussing more recent struggles, Gail reflected on the loss of her mother Sandra to breast cancer in 2009 and the death of her father, Craig, in February 2020.
The TV host traveled to Spain to identify her father, who died of a brain hemorrhage, and brought his ashes home just as the pandemic struck.
Big Show: Gail appeared on Big Brother UK vs USA in 2015, revealing that when a boyfriend asked her if she would be a part, she told them she would do anything if it meant having a ‘rooftop in the house again. over his head ”
Gail also discussed how homeless she was after being diagnosed with alopecia when she appeared on the Podcast Sacrifice and Success.
Speaking at the beginning of March, she explained, “My personality has taken a little hit. The work has just stopped because you do not look alike. “Would you like to wear a wig, would you mind wearing a wig?” No, I don’t want to wear a wig. It’s like that.
“People are going through much worse things. My mom lost her hair to cancer, to chemotherapy. I just lost my hair. I am very lucky. ‘
She added, “I was going through a divorce, I had no money. So, in the end, I had nowhere to stay. It was going from bad to worse. Things like, what are you doing? Do I drink? I have no idea at all, I don’t do drugs so… ‘
Gail continued, “I had a lot of good friends, but it was getting embarrassing because I’m in my 40s. My daughter is staying with her fathers.
“I have no money, I have no job, I sleep on people’s sofas. It was like the Young. I didn’t think I was going to be like this at my age.
Struggles: Mother-of-one has always been honest about her mental health issues after being cut in 2011 (pictured in 2000, five years before she lost her blonde hair)
“That’s why you don’t take everything for granted. You should always remember how lucky you are and how extremely kind you are. ‘
Gail recalled that at one point, she also didn’t have enough credit on her phone to be able to get in touch with anyone.
“So there were a few times when I didn’t have enough money on my phone to call anyone.
“If I found a book I was thinking about, what should I do with a book? I’ll see if I can find another one and get a mini bottle of wine from the local license or these little ones. Everything for comfort. I was frozen too, because I was outside.
The TV star was severed under the Mental Health Act in 2011 and admitted she was motivated by her daughter to “save her own life” as she subsequently sought treatment.
She said, “I went to rehab for my depression, self-harm, if I didn’t have honey I wouldn’t be here. One hundred percent. I will not be there. But I thought I couldn’t do that to my daughter at all.
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Reflection: Gail once said her TV jobs ‘just ended’ after she refused to wear a wig while appearing on TV following her diagnosis of alopecia in 2005
WHAT IS ALOPECIA?
Alopecia, which causes baldness, is thought to be an autoimmune disease. The immune system – the body’s defense system – kicks in.
What are the symptoms?
“Usually one or more small bald patches, about the size of a 50p piece, appear on the scalp. Hair may start to grow back at one site, while another bald patch grows. The hair can also start to thin all over the head, ”explains Marilyn Sherlock, president of the Institute of Trichologists.
What are the causes?
“For some reason, the body’s immune system begins to attack its own hair follicles. Special white blood cells in the body called T cells cause hair growth to stop, ”she adds.
Can worry make things worse?
Stress has been shown to prolong the problem.
Is it an inherited disease?
There is strong evidence to suggest that alopecia, like other autoimmune diseases, is rampant in families. About 25 percent of patients have a family history of the disease.
Who receives it?
Alopecia areata typically affects adolescents and young adults, but it can affect people of all ages. It is as common in men as it is in women.
Is there a cure?
There is no known cure, although there are various treatments that may be effective for some people.