'The Great British Bake Off' presenter has a benign tumour which prevents her from having children
Sue Perkins has thanked fans for their support after she revealed that she has a brain tumour which prevents her from having children.
The Great British Bake Off co-host was diagnosed with prolactinoma, a benign brain tumour, eight years ago while undergoing a check-up for The Supersizers, the TV show she was co-presenting with Giles Coren at the time.
During a new interview with Good Housekeeping, she has spoken for the first time about the tumour and its side effects.
“I’m lucky that it’s benign so it’s not in itself a worrying thing,” Perkins said. “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.”
Discussing the tumour’s affect on her fertility, Perkins added: “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.”
She also admitted that she was initially worried the tumour’s affect on her fertility might have an impact on her relationship with best friend and presenting partner Mel Giedroyc, who is now a mother of two, but thankfully this hasn’t happened.
“You think it is going to destroy something, but actually it hasn’t destroyed anything – we have very different lives and different experiences now,” she said.