Great British Bake Off star Sue Perkins reveals the devastating side effects of a growth on her pituitary gland

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Sue Perkins is always full of fun and mischief on The Great British Bake Off alongside co-host Mel Giedroyc.

But the presenter has privately been through quite an ordeal after revealing that she’s been living with a brain tumour – for EIGHT years.

Sue, 45, admits that the benign growth on her pituitary gland affects her hormone levels and has heartbreakingly left her unable to have children.

‘I’m lucky that it’s benign so it’s not in itself a worrying thing,’ the TV host explains.

‘Sometimes it’s big and makes me mad, and sometimes it’s small and is in the background.

‘Sometimes it screws up my hormones. I have various tests now to make sure the side effects aren’t too onerous.’

The popular presenter found out that she had the tumour after undergoing tests for TV show The Supersizers, which saw her and co-host Giles Coren eat diets from different eras in time.

Sue – who has been in a relationship with fellow television star Anna Richardson since 2013 – has found her inability to have a baby quite tough at times, particularly when her comedy partner Mel started a family of her own.

‘We live in a time and place where we think everything is possible,’ she tells Good Housekeeping magazine.

‘I don’t know if I would have gone on to have children. But as soon as someone says you can’t have something, you want it more than anything.

‘When she [Mel] had her first child I thought: this is an experience I won’t have or share.

‘You’ve gone somewhere I can’t go. You think it is going to destroy something, but actually it hasn’t destroyed anything – we have very different lives and different experiences now.’

Since making the shock revelation Sue has received lots of kind messages from fans on Twitter and was quick to reassure them that it’s nothing to worry about.

We’re glad to hear that Sue is doing okay.

Anna Francis