Gabby Logan threatened to move out of family home with kids close to tears in 'absolute meltdown'

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Gabby Logan has opened up on what she describes as her lowest ebb when she threatened to leave her family home and live on her own.

The TV presenter, who is the daughter of former Wales international footballer and manager Terry Yorath, is one of the most recognisable faces on television and is currently fronting the BBC's coverage of Euro 2024 in Germany.

However, one of her other projects, a podcast called The Mid Point — and subsequent book The Midpoint Plan — regularly sees her open up candidly on the struggles of hitting middle age.

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One particularly raw experience came in 2020 when she almost upped sticks and left the home she shared with her husband, former Scotland rugby star Kenny Logan, and twin kids Lois and Reuben, who were 14 at the time and were 'close to tears', according to her interview with The Times.

“It was over something small, like the kids not clearing up after breakfast,” the 51-year-old said of her desire to up and leave.

“I had this absolute meltdown, sat everybody down and launched into this off-the-cuff ‘I’m going to get myself a flat in Beaconsfield and move out and let you all just get on with it.’ It was totally random.

“That was probably my lowest point, my mini-crisis. It was the time when I was feeling, this is not me and this isn’t how I cope with things. That was before going on HRT (hormone replacement therapy).”

Logan was speaking to promote her book, something she hopes is a self-help manual for those hitting middle age and not ready for some of the physical and psychological challenges which will inevitably have to be faced.

She said she wishes she had access to all the information she has now about hitting that midpoint, as she calls it, when she was 40 and unprepared for what was to come.

“I expected that things would change physically as you get older, but I wasn’t prepared for feeling so unenthused, anxious, snappier and short-tempered,” she said. “I had a lot to be grateful for, but that compounds it because then you’re thinking, well, what’s wrong with me?"

After conversations with some friends, Logan went for blood tests and then started HRT and felt an immediate change for the better. However, her husband was then diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2022 and had to have it removed, which threw up yet more challenges in their relationship.

One particular uncertainty, Logan reveals, was what their sex life was going to look like after Kenny had recovered, something they have spoken about together on The Mid Point.

“Not knowing what was going to happen and how you could get used to a life that was going to be different,” Logan said,.

“I was thinking, what if this is for ever? Then you feel, am I selfish for thinking that? Because obviously you put the life of the person you love way above your own personal pleasure. Priority number one was Kenny being healthy and well, but actually being healthy and well involves all parts of your relationship. It’s something that we’d never had to worry about before and that definitely put a strain on us.”

But she does have one final word of advice when it comes to any adversity, such as cancer, which threatens to throw a marriage off course.

"If you haven’t built the foundations of the relationship, I think it can cause irreparable damage," she said of these potential obstacles.

“The communication in your marriage will be tested and if you haven’t got that sorted it won’t be an easy ride. Your solidity and your teamwork are going to be tested.”