Presenter of the Great British Bake Off Sue Perkins was faced with a homophobic slurs when she was informed that she was infertile
Recently, one half of TV’s pun-niest duo, Sue Perkins, opened up about when she learnt that she would never be able to have children, due to a brain tumor that she’s had for eight years.
But after the 45-year-old presenter shared that the growth on her pituitary gland affects her hormone levels, and has therefore left her unable to have children, she’s now revealed in an extract in the Sunday Times from her memoir, Spectacles, that she faced homophobic comments from her doctor when she found out the devastating news.
After her doctor asked if she had a boyfriend or was married, she explained that she was a lesbian, to which Sue claims that the doctor then replied to her saying: ‘Oh, OK. Well, that makes it easier. You’re infertile. You can’t have kids.’
The comedienne has been dating fellow TV presenter Anna Richardson since 2013, and was unsurprisingly left shocked by the comments: ‘Does a lesbian not have a fallopian tube? Am I not human, and [am] I not somebody who could be a lovely, wonderfully mother?’
Don’t. You’re breaking our hearts Sue.
Speaking about her medical trauma, she said that she’s ‘lucky that it’s benign so it’s not in itself a worrying thing.’
‘It really did hit me, as it hits a lot of people, I’m sure, when it’s too late, this is not going to happen…it’s not going to ever be part of my life. And, although I never yearned to physically have my own child, it felt like a bereavement. It’s really did.’
Yep. There they go – here are the tears.
Sue is currently a host on the Great British Bake Off with her partner-in-comedy-crime, Mel Giedroyc, and her book, Spectacles, all about her life, is out on October 8th.
We can’t wait to read it!