‘It sneaks up on you’: Lorraine Kelly reflects on her ‘joyless’ menopause journey and confesses to being over protective to daughter Rosie when she returned to the UK from Singapore
Lorraine,61, spoke candidly about her menopause journey and how the condition affected both of them.
Speaking to the panel she said ‘I was joyless. When i went back home i went to the fountain of all knowledge, Dr Hilary he said, It’s the menopause.’
Menopause: Lorraine spoke candidly about her menopause journey on Monday’s edition of Loose Women
Speaking via video link she said the ‘It just sneaks up on you, We went on a lovely weekend to Spain and my husband looked at me and said you are not yourself.’
‘Even i didn’t really know so it just goes to show you that there is an awful lot of work to be done.
Rosie, 26, added ‘you were just very down and quiet. It was gradual. Growing up you were always on TV so i never knew any different.’
Lorraine turned to Rosie and said, ‘You said you didn’t know much about it.’
Affects all: Lorraine revealed that the family was affected by her changes when she went through the menopause
Rosie replied, ‘Nothing, I knew absolutely nothing. It was never spoken about in school, I don’t talk about it to my friends.’
Lorraine then revealed Rosie has said it should be taught in school.
She explained, ‘The way they get taught about things like relationships, you should be able to get that [education on the menopause] at school too.’
‘The statistics are horrendous… 2,000 women are underprepared. It sneaks up on you and it certainly did for me.’
Rosie turned to her mum and said, ‘You were just very down and quiet. It was very gradual.’
Lorraine then moved the topic on to her being an over protective mum.
Advising Rosie that the UK isn’t as Safe as Singapore. Lorraine went on to compare the two countries advising Rosie on the do’s and don’ts when out socialising in the UK.
Silence: Rosie revealed the menopause was never spoken about and thinks it’s something that should be taught about in schools
Lorraine added [in the UK], ‘You can’t leave your drink on the bar. You can’t leave your pals and walk home alone.’
Rosie also spoke about her experience living in Singapore and agreed that she felt safer living there than in the UK. Saying, ‘It’s a completely different culture there,
‘Obviously… I used to walk home after going out, people would leave their bags at the bar to go dancing.’
Lorraine added ‘You were so safe and that stopped me from being the paranoid mother and so worried.’
Overprotective mum: Lorraine says she worry’s for her daughter more in the UK than when she lived in Singapore
Rosie replied ‘You are embarrassing but not an embarrassing mum. you have a lovely job and are respectful and lovely.’
Lorraine replied ‘ You don’t talk to me about everything do you? I’m not your pal in that sense.’
Lorraine, who has a podcast called What If with Rosie said, ‘I wasn’t the usual.’
Podcast: The pair host a podcast called What if
Turning to Rosie, she said, ‘When you were in Singapore, we were doing Zooms and I would always try to be up and not worry you.’
On having a famous mum, Rosie said, ‘I don’t know any different. Growing up, you were always on the TV’.
‘I never knew any different. People I went to school with were lovely.’
Close: Lorraine shares a close bond with her daughter Rosie