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Adrian Chiles has admitted he has only just started doing his own washing and ironing at the age of 53 after the coronavirus pandemic prevented him from travelling to his parents’ home, where his mum would help him out with the household tasks. The former The One Show host revealed his reluctance to wash his own clothes prompted his partner to brand him an “effing disgrace”.
Adrian didn’t take offence to his partner’s point and finally decided to take on the chores himself.
Before he changed his ways due to lockdown rules, Adrian was driving his washing 125miles from his home in Chiswick, London to his parents’ home in Stourbridge, West Midlands.
Following his change of heart, the television presenter has found that ironing has been a source of comfort for him in lockdown.
Opening up about the situation, Adrian divulged: “When I visited my parents, I would take bags of washed — and, indeed, unwashed — clothes for a loving maternal flattening.
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“My partner pointed out that, at the age of 53, this was an effing disgrace and I ought to be ashamed of myself.
“She had a point. So the pandemic rescued me (and my mum’s right arm) from myself.”
Adrian went on to admit his ironing skills have improved greatly in recent months.
The BBC Radio 5 Live host tackled a 6ft-tall pile of shirts as well as trousers and tea towels last week.
He added in his column for The Guardian: “Until recently, I had pressed a shirt only once.
“Now I have discovered that ironing helps me impose order on a chaotic world.”
“Until recently, I had pressed a shirt only once. Now I have discovered that ironing helps me impose order on a chaotic world.”
Following his divorce from ex-wife Jane Garvey, the Mail on Sunday reported Adrian was dating Labour MP Rosie Duffield in July 2019.
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Adrian previously interviewed Rosie in February in her constituency of Kent for his TV show Brexit: Who’s In Charge?.
A source told the publication at the time: “It’s the talk of the House of Commons, especially after they were seen together.
“They appear to be very keen on one another, indeed.”
Adrian his ex-wife Jane tied the knot in 1998 and were married for 10 years before they decided to split in 2008.
The pair have two daughters together, Evelyn, 20, and Sian, 17.
Following his divorce, he told the Express: “Divorce is a very private thing and you don’t want people to write about it.
“It’s one of the worst situations life can throw at you.”
He added: “But I haven’t given up. I just want someone to take care of me.”
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