I’m A Celebrity 2018: Anne Hegerty talks about autism with Rita Simons

Angelo Anderson
November 20, 2018

A schoolboy's heartfelt letter to I'm A Celebrity contestant Anne Hegerty about their shared experience of autism has received thousands of shares online. The 60-year-old broke down in tears in front of the other celebrities.

Rita, who said in the Bush Telegraph she'd been reading up on autism before arriving Down under, told Anne: "I know one of the characteristics of a lot of autistic people is not picking up on social cues". I like to watch you on The Chase.

"We are backing @anne_hegerty all the way on her #imaceleb journey".

While Fleur told viewers: "I feel like we all have to be there for her and the minute that we all rallied around her, she just felt so much better". "I like them, they're my team".

Meanwhile, after taking part in the first Dingo Dollar challenge of the series alongside former X Factor star Fleur East, Anne was later voted by the public to compete in tonight's Bushtucker trial, "Monstrous Monoliths".

I'm a really close to saying I can't do this.

After a while of being astounded at Anne's extensive general knowledge, with Fleur exclaiming: "It's like having google right here, she's unreal" they chose to test her, with James asking if she knew the title of The Vamps' first album.

Upon her entrance to the jungle, Anne Hegerty revealed all about discovering she had autism in her mid-forties.

Before entering the jungle, Hegerty opened up to The Sun about how her condition will affect her time on the show and said the producers will be monitoring her behaviour closely. Good luck in the jungle, I hope you like it. Love from Joseph'.


Hegerty told The Sun she's also anxious about failing to recognise her camp mates.

Hegerty, known as The Governess, revealed how the condition has also left her "face blind", saying she may get "some of the campmates mixed up".

'I have to line up the mirror neurones up in my head and go this, this, this ...

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She explained: "As an autistic person, I value my space, I can't be around people too much, so that could be a problem".

She said: "I just need everything to go quiet, for people to stop bothering me and not thinking about when I'm going to get packed. I like to have my own kitchen... and washing machine".

During an appearance on Loose Women in September, Anne also said she prefers her home comforts and knowing her surroundings.

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"A terribly helpful social worker named Jeff Mackenzie came and said to me, 'Don't worry about a thing, I will open the mail, we will get the bills paid, I will get you filling in the forms so you can actually be on benefits'".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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