I'm a Celeb's Anne Hegerty: I wasn't 'looking' to be the face of autism

Laura Hannam
Reporter
Hegerty has opened up about life since appearing on ‘I’m a Celeb’ (REX/Shutterstock)

Anne Hegerty has spoken about the responsibility of becoming the so-called face of autism since appearing on I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here. 

The 60-year-old, who wasn’t diagnosed as autistic until her mids-40s, openly discussed her diagnosis while in the jungle.

But The Chase star said she has found the responsibility of becoming a famous person associated with the condition as ‘overwhelming.’

“I seem to have become the face of autism which isn’t something I was looking for,” she told The Metro.

“It feels like a responsibility and there are times when I feel people don’t understand what I’m trying to make them understand,” she continued.


Hegerty attended the National Television Awards on Tuesday night, and The Chase picked up best quiz show.

She was widely praised for opening up about the struggles she faces daily with autism while on I’m a Celebrity, talking about how she liked things in order and following rules.

She almost left the show just hours into the first day of filming, however, her fellow campmates rallied around her and were very supportive. She managed to last in the Aussie jungle for an impressive 17 days, when she was the fifth campmate to be voted out.


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