The Great British Bake Off presenter has assured fans that she is "fine"
Presenter and comedienne Sue Perkins has had a brain tumour for eight years, and it has left her infertile.
The Great British Bake Off host has prolactinoma – a noncancerous tumour of the pituitary gland – one side effect of which is being unable to have children – but she has told her Twitter followers that nevertheless, she’s “fine”.
“Ta for sweet tweets about my prolactinoma. It’s benign & non-symptomatic. All fine, let’s focus on those less fortunate in the world X,” the 45-year-old tweeted.
Sue discovered the tumour eight years ago during a medical check up for her food documentary series The Supersizers with Giles Coren.
“I’m lucky that it’s benign so it’s not in itself a worrying thing. Sometimes it’s big and makes me mad, and sometimes it’s small and is in the background,” she told Good Housekeeping.
But while Sue assured well-wishers that her condition is under control, it’s still had an impact on her life and wellbeing.
“We live in a time and place where we think everything is possible. 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.”
Sue was worried that this side-effect could have a knock on relationship with her best friend and comedy partner of 27 years, Mel Giedroyc.
“When [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.”
Sue is currently dating fellow TV presenter Anna Richardson. The pair knew each other for years but finally got together in 2013.