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Millionaire Jason Manford broke down in tears after coronavirus cancelled his tour as he admits taking mortgage holiday

MILLIONAIRE Jason Manford has revealed he broke down in tears after coronavirus cancelled his tour - as he admits taking a "mortgage holiday".

The comic said he got emotional as his worries about the COVID-19 lockdown overwhelmed him after his final show.

Speaking on Channel 4's The Steph Show, Jason said: “I've taken a mortgage holiday. That's one of the worst holidays I’ve ever had in my life.

"I did have a worry at the beginning because I was supposed to be on tour and it all got cancelled.

"I drove home from Leicester where I’d just finished and I’d been doing eight shows a week, touring since September, and in the car with a bit of worry about the whole situation but also thinking I’m going to have retrain myself to be a full-time dad when I get back.

"Because I've sort of not being doing that. I've been a bit of the old fashioned bread-winner, getting out and putting the dinner on the table.

"To get home and do the homeschooling and the cooking and finding out about their friends... it's a totally different world.

"We've all had the rug pulled out from underneath us. Whatever situation you're in, it's totally different to what it was a month ago."

Jason had joked that as people predicted a baby boom in lockdown, he was expecting divorce rates to rise.

But he happily told host Steph McGovern how he's having a "lovely" time with wife Lucy Dyke.

The star has four children with his ex-wife Catherine and two young kids with TV producer Lucy Dyke who he married in 2017.

During his appearance on The Steph Show today, it was also revealed that the comedian recently came to the rescue of primary school teacher Jenny Williams who had her bicycle stolen.

He said: “I feel a bit embarrassed telling you that story. I saw it on Facebook, she needed a new bike so I bought her one so she can carry teaching keyworkers’ children.”

Jenny Williams sent her thanks to the comedian and musical theatre star, saying: “A massive heartfelt thanks to Jason for restoring not only my faith in humanity but giving the children a real-life hero story.

"Your generosity has lifted my spirits and I feel very lucky to be able to continue to cycle to work and support the keyworkers at this critical time. Rest assured, the bike will remain locked up at all times.”

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