The 61-year-old gameshow quizzer - who was diagnosed with autism in her mid 40s - has opened up about how being on the spectrum affects her dating life.
Hegerty told OK! magazine: “What I have found is that I do fall in love but it tends to not be with people I meet in real life. I fall in love with historical or fictional characters. People I can put a bit of distance between.
“I get overwhelmed in the presence of actual people and everything shuts down. I’ve found that with sex, too. It’s like I can’t be fully in it. That much intimacy, I almost zone out.”
The Governess - who has previously admitted she is loving life in lockdown as she enjoys her own company - revealed she has used the time to tackle her hoarding problem.
She said: “I’ve had so much time to get things sorted and I’ve been cooking proper food! People have thought I must be struggling during this time because people with autism like routine and structure, but for so many years I found it hard to develop a routine with my job. Every day can be different and filming can require me to be out and about. With this, I can finally impose my own routine.”
Hegerty - who competed in I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! in 2018 has previously spoken about being diagnosed with Asperger's, statingshe wasn't "looking" to be "the face of autism".
A former journalist turned professional quizzer, she joined ITV gameshow The Chase in 2010 as chaser The Governess and has appeared on every series since.