Jenny Eclair’s husband ‘freaked out’ as menopause left her with ‘uncontrollable rage’
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Jenny Eclair, 61, is no stranger to discussing her personal life, with the comedian often giving fans into her life behind closed doors through her literature work. Now, she has told of the moment she left her husband, Geoff Powell, perplexed by her actions.
Seeing me lacking confidence and being very frightened and the anxiety spinning out of control freaked him out a bit.
Speaking frankly in her latest book, ‘Older and Wider – A Survivor’s Guide to the Menopause’, Jenny revealed that at the age of 61, she still feels the effects of “the change”.
Her latest piece of work is part guide and part memoir and details the Kuala Lumpur-born star’s experience with the menopause as well as offering a helping hand to women who may be experiencing similar symptoms.
The former Loose Women panellist admitted that her experience with the menopause started at age 52 but added that middle-aged women “are just ignored”.
“I still get very hot and bothered and always have,” said Jenny.
“My temperature is very quick to rise but I wasn’t prepared for the emotional kick in the gut, the mood swings ranging from irrational mental rage, to snivelling, neurotic fear and anxiety.”
The author went on to add that her husband Geoff, with who she shares daughter Phoebe with, didn’t know what to do as she started to go through the menopause.
She said: “He didn’t know what to do with me when I turned into this feeble bundle.
“I’ve always been a very confident woman, but seeing me lacking confidence and being very frightened and the anxiety spinning out of control freaked him out a bit.”
Jenny later added: “In amongst the depression and anxiety were sudden bursts of absolute uncontrollable rage.”
Speaking about her ordeal, Jenny told former Loose Women co-star, Kate Thornton: “It wasn’t so much about the physical sides of the menopause, which some people suffer from terribly badly.
“My big problem was emotional, and it hit me at about the age of 52 when other things are hitting you anyway.
“For me, it was anxiety and weepiness, and just an inability to cope and feeling very self-conscious, and total lack of confidence and that’s not really like me.”
Jenny was let “on the floor” when she thought about getting on stage while on tour in Australia.
Speaking on the White Wine Question Time podcast, Jenny joked that Hormone replacement therapy [HRT] will be taken to the grave with her.
“For me personally, it’s been a miracle, I will be taking HRT to my grave, just because I tell you who gets panicky if my HRT supplies run low, and that’s the old man [Geoff].”
While discussing ageing, Jenny told Kate: “For me getting older was never that big a problem because I wasn’t in the beauty industry.
“I wasn’t, you know, somebody who’s employed for my sexiness, my cuteness and my look.”
Tonight, Jenny joins fellow comedian Rosie Jones on an adventure on the Welsh island of Anglesey.
During the episode of Trip Hazard: My Great British Adventure, the pair try their hand at rural farming as they attempt to herd a flock of sheep together.
Jenny later tests out the world’s fastest zip wire on her trip before coming to the realisation that should she be left alone on the island to fend for herself, things wouldn’t work in her favour.
Trip Hazard: My Great British Adventure airs tonight at 8.30pm on Channel 4.
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