Mel Sykes 'celebrating' autism diagnosis at 51 after enjoying lockdown

Mel Sykes shares relief at autism diagnosis at 51 after enjoying lockdown

Melanie Sykes, Autism

12/6/2021 10:33:00 PM

Mel Sykes shares relief at autism diagnosis at 51 after enjoying lockdown

TV favourite Melanie Sykes has revealed she is celebrating her life-changing autism diagnosis at 51-years-old after finding 'life makes sense' now

The TV presenter, whose 17-year-old son Tino also has the same condition, was “very happy” to discover she had autism, which affects the way people communicate and interact.She described her diagnosis as 'life changing' as she lifted the lid on how everything in her life finally 'made sense'.

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Mel is embracing the news - and says it's a great thing, and not at all negative.She said: “It’s fantastic, that’s why I’m celebrating it - I’ve always felt different to other people and how they think and operate, but now I know it’s because I’m autistic it makes me feel validated as I understand why.

“I’m relieved. It’s great to know and I’m very happy about it.“I’ve always been uncomfortable in crowds or being touched by people I don’t know - my sensitivities are now completely validated because I’m autistic," the star told Hello! magazine. Mel, 51, has been welcomed into the autistic community with messages from mothers of children on the spectrum and adults diagnosed late in life. headtopics.com

Taking to social media last month, the star penned: "This week has been truly life-changing. Or rather, life affirming."As many of you may or may not know, I was diagnosed with autism late Thursday afternoon. "I cannot begin to tell you the sense of relief this is for me and how much I celebrate this diagnosis."

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She went on to describe how working on live TV hasn't always been easy for her due to her 'sensitivities'."The sensitivities around working in television have come up," Melanie admitted."I have always struggled with earpieces – what they call ‘talkback’, where you hear what the director says.

"I have often accidentally responded to the director in my ear, live on air, as I cannot juggle the person I am interviewing and the person in my ear at the same time."Last month, model and TV star Christine McGuinness also announced that she too was autistic.

The 37-year-old model, who is married to Top Gear presenter Paddy McGuinness, is also a proud mum to three children who are all autistic. Read More

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