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The Chase’s Anne Hegerty reveals she struggles to have a sex life as her Asperger’s means she ‘zones out’ of intimacy


THE Chase's Anne Hegerty has revealed she struggles with physical intimacy as her Asperger's means she "zones out" during sex.

The Governess - who was diagnosed with autism at the age of 45 - admitted she finds it difficult to form romantic relationships with real people.

Opening up to OK! magazine, Anne, 61, said: "What I have found is that I do fall in love but it tends to not be with people I meet in real life, I fall in love with historical or fictional characters.

"People I can put a bit of distance between, I get overwhelmed in the presence of actual people and everything shuts down.

"I’ve found that with sex, too, it’s like I can’t be fully in it- that much intimacy, I almost zone out."

The ITV star has lived with Asperger syndrome, a form of autism, since she was a child but was only diagnosed after recognising her symptoms on a TV programme.

She previously admitted she struggles with sex as it's "better in her head."

Anne told The Sun last year: “It took years of psychotherapy before I even considered dating. I lost weight, replaced my glasses with contact lenses and felt a lot more confident, but I find it really hard to hold down a relationship.

“The longest was with a man I met at the Mastermind Club. I’d fancied him for years and we were together for four months.

“Even though he lived in Brighton I still felt suffocated in Manchester. And sex was always better in my head, I felt like I was somewhere else while it was happening.

“It made me realise I needed space both mentally and physically in life, and I can’t make it work."

Anne rose to fame as a chaser on The Chase and later appeared on the UK version of I'm A Celebrity in 2018.

Anne Hegerty admits that she gets 'claustrophobic' with men and keeps suitors 'at arm's length'

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