The Chase's Anne Hegerty admits difficulty with intimacy as she discusses living with autism

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The Chase's Anne Hegerty has spoken about her difficulty with intimacy as she discussed living with autism.

Hegerty, 61, who appeared on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! in 2018, was diagnosed with autism when she was 45.

Speaking to OK!, Hegerty was asked if she would prefer to date someone who also has autism. "I think I would prefer not to be with someone with autism," she said.

"It does depend on the bloke though, they are all so different."

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Hegerty went on to explain that she often finds herself falling in love with historical or fictional characters, not people she can meet in real life.

"I get overwhelmed in the presence of actual people and everything shuts down," she said. "I've found that with sex, too. It's like I can't be fully in it. That much intimacy, I almost zone out."

Elsewhere in the interview, Hegerty, who's better known to The Chase viewers as The Governess, explained that she enjoys being alone and would "love to have less of a social life".

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When asked how she's coping during lockdown, Hegerty said: "I think I'm the one person in Britain who is loving it. I don't want it to end."

"I do for the sake of other people, but personally, I'm having a great time. That's because it's not my fault that I'm not being sociable," she added.

"People might want to see me but there's a big pandemic stopping me going out. It takes the blame off me."

The Chase airs on ITV.

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