‘Things don’t necessarily last’ Naga Munchetty on love life discovery amid wedding insight

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BBC Breakfast and BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Naga Munchetty, 46, has shared a rare insight into her personal life while writing a candid letter to her younger self. The star, who tied the knot with husband James Haggar in 2007, revealed that she had learnt a lot from having a boyfriend when she was in her late teens.

Naga explained that the experience taught her “that things don’t necessarily last, and they don’t have to”.

She also shared that the “the best advice she ever received” was on her wedding day.

Opening up on her past relationships while speaking to The Big Issue’s Adrian Lobb for this week’s Letter To My Younger Self, Naga admitted: “I was never fancied at school. I didn’t have a boyfriend until I was 17. 

“But he was wonderful, my first boyfriend. I was with him for a couple of years. 

“I think it’s so good to have boyfriends and girlfriends when you’re younger, because you learn to accept that things don’t necessarily last, and they don’t have to. 

“You can enjoy the time you have. You’re changing, things change.”

Adding some advice, Naga explained: “But ending relationships will always cause pain, so do it with kindness.”

Detailing how much she values being empathetic to others, the BBC star revealed an aunt in her husband James’ family advised her to “be kind” during their marriage on her wedding day.


She recalled: “The best advice I ever received was on my wedding day. An aunt in my husband’s family just said, ‘Be kind’. 

“I know it seems trite now because everyone uses it. But this was 17 years ago. 

“So be kind – because you never know what the other person’s going through.”

The star went on to say that she would also tell her younger self not to compromise in relationships, as she recalled being “so keen” for boys to like her when she was 16.

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Despite learning an important lesson on her wedding day, Naga previously admitted her honeymoon with James didn’t go so well.

During the holiday, she was forced to give up waterskiing to sit on a beach for the rest of their time there, after having to have stitches in her leg.

Chatting to Alan Carr on his Life’s A Breach podcast, Naga opened up about the disastrous accident that caused the comedian to wince.

Revealing they had booked water sports, she began: “It’s in the Indian Ocean, it’s warm… not for me it wasn’t!

“So I get into the water on the second day – picked up waterskiing brilliantly, I loved it!” she added, beaming.

“Thought, ‘I’m getting a bit of exercise, but of exhilaration, adrenaline going etc.’

“Hung onto the pontoon and there were barnacles on the spot underneath…”

Naga continued: “I didn’t realise, slashed my leg, decided not to tell anyone, did my waterskiing round for about 15-20 minutes, came off, blood gushing from my leg.”

“I had to have little mini stitches!” she complained.

“For the rest of the honeymoon, I couldn’t do any more water sports, so I literally had to sit on the beach or go to the tea plantation or whatever. I was a bit bored!”

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