Anne Hegerty, 61, admitted she is not as knowledgeable as people think she is about autism. The Chase star, who was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at the age of 45, opened up about her level of expertise on the condition when a fan asked her about it on Twitter. The Twitter user wrote: “@anne_hegerty Hi Anne, can I DM you as you have helped me potentially diagnose myself and I’d like to talk?” However, the quizzer was quick to insist she is not an “expert” on the subject.
She wrote back in view of her 126,000 followers: “I’m honestly not the expert everyone thinks I am.”
Anne then added in reference to the National Autistic Society charity: “Could you talk to the NAS?”
The fan seemed to appreciate The Governess star’s advice as they replied: “Will do. Thanks for bringing the condition to my attention though on I’m A Celeb.”
Anne openly spoke about her experience with the form of autism while she was a contestant on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
The TV personality praised her fellow campmates for how “sympathetic” they had been at the time.
She said on the ITV show: “I really appreciate how nice and sympathetic they’ve been to me.
“It was nice that they said I pick up on social cues because I’m never quite sure that I entirely do. I just get overwhelmed with all the things there are to do.”
During a chat with fellow contestant Rita Simons, Anne explained: “I didn’t raise the autism issue. It’s not like: ‘I want you to know I have this interesting disability that you have to accommodate.’”
Anne’s Asperger’s means she struggles to deal with more than one thing at a time and needs to plan ahead in detail.
Anne Hegerty previously admitted she has struggled to get involved in dating due to her condition during an interview with The Sun.
She told the publication: “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.”
Addressing her longest romance, she continued: “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.”
The ITV favourite added: “It made me realise I needed space both mentally and physically in life, and I can’t make it work.
“I don’t think I ever will. I still get attracted to people but having a relationship isn’t fair on the other person.”
The Chase airs weekdays at 5pm on ITV.