Melanie Sykes has said that it is a “good thing” that she is autistic after being diagnosed at the age of 51.
The TV presenter, who has an autistic child, appeared on TODAY Loose Woman to show others it’s not “shameful.”
She explained: “I know what makes me autistic and it’s who I am and who I’ve always been and I think I’m great.
“It’s been a big deal for me — I don’t need air time, I don’t care about column inches — I’ve had 25 years of it and haven’t done it for that.
“I’m here for all the people who have been diagnosed who are a little embarrassed about it.
“My phone blew up with moms of teen girls who are like, ‘I just showed her your video and they’re like ‘That’s a good thing.
“And that’s a good thing because it’s all positive about someone. They call it a disorder that needs to be eradicated because it’s not the things I can’t do, it’s the things I can do.” Which are my autistic sensibilities. That’s what we need to change.”
When asked if there was anything in his life that would have been different had he been diagnosed earlier, Mel said: “I would have asked him more what I needed, especially in this industry because there are so many sensitivities I’ve dealt with because I I didn’t think I had the voice to change things.
“Men might say, ‘I need this, I need this,’ I just didn’t feel like I could.”
She continued: “I’m good at getting on with it because it’s part of my nature, but it hurts a little. It’s all a little uncomfortable because I’m not stage school, so it’s all against the grain.”
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