Jonathan Ross says daughter's fibromyalgia diagnosis made him listen more

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Jonathan Ross admits his daughter’s fibromyalgia diagnosis taught him how to be more supportive as a parent.

The 62-year-old TV presenter shared last year that Betty, 31, had been diagnosed with the long-term condition that causes pain all over the body.

Betty – whose siblings are Harvey, 28, and Honey, 25 – has since been receiving treatment, with the Masked Singer judge sharing an update ahead of the New Year.

Appearing on the last Loose Women of 2022, talkshow host Jonathan reflected on the past 12 months and how he is now more open to listening to his eldest child and what she needs.

‘She’s got fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome and POTs syndrome as well, which is where your heart rate shoots up,’ he began.

‘It’s been a tough couple of years for her in particular, but she is getting slowly better.’

Jonathan then explained that Betty ‘definitely’ had Covid at the very beginning of the pandemic, and doctors initially thought her signs of fibromyalgia were long Covid.

‘Like a lot of things, they don’t really know,’ he added.

‘But, we found a thing called the Perins treatment, she looked it up online because she’s a smart young woman, so she has to want to do the treatment.

‘I can’t just say to her, “Try this, try that…”, if she thinks it’s wrong in some way, she’s not going to enter into it and it’s not worth doing.’

Jonathan continued to say that, as Betty’s treatment continues, she’s ‘definitely showing some improvements.’

‘She still can’t walk very far,’ he stated. ‘We got her an electric wheelchair this summer so we can at least go out and go for walks with the dog, and that’s lifted her spirits a lot.

‘Because that’s the problem, as anyone out there who’s got someone with a long-term illness, it’s the depression, being stuck indoors, and not being able to join in with things. Even stairs are a challenge. If we’re going out, we have to give her plenty of time to get ready, come downstairs, then have a rest.’

But, the process is helping him ‘listen more’ as her dad: ‘Even if my wife tells me something is wrong in the day, I have to remind myself that, sometimes, I just need to listen.

‘My immediate instinct is, there’s a problem, fix it, not there’s a problem, share it. So I really struggle.’

He concluded by admitting the whole thing is a ‘learning’ experience for their family.

Loose Women airs weekdays at 12:30pm on ITV.

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