X-Factor host Dermot O’Leary has opened up about his anxiety concerning lockdown but admitted that he has felt blessed being able to spend some extra time with his baby son.
The television presenter and radio DJ, who is a practising Catholic, recently revealed that although he’s not a particularly anxious person, he had his own moment of anxiety as the UK went into its first lockdown in March. He urged those who are struggling with their mental health to share their feelings.
“I’m not a particularly anxious person, but I think it’s really important how it’s been okay to say you’re feeling a bit of anxiety about the situation,” O’Leary told The Sun.
Recalling the night the UK went into its initial lockdown, he said: “I remember putting the bins out and I looked up into the sky and thought, ‘Okay, the world is going to be a very different place now.’
“It was deathly quiet and we live in an area where there is always life, but the streets were deserted. It really brought it home to me and I felt this little twinge of anxiety.
“As human beings, we adjust to our reality and that’s what I always tried to keep in mind.”
O’Leary and his wife, Dee Koppang, welcomed their son Kasper during lockdown, in June and the TV host admitted that the lockdown has been a blessing in some ways for the family, as it has allowed them to spend much more time together.
“In one respect, you want to get out there for him to meet everyone and see the world but in another, it’s been quite special because it does give you that enforced time together,” he said.
“We had that early baby period being able to spend proper time with just him.”
O’Leary pointed out that if the diary had been different and The X Factor was on he would have missed this quality time with his family as he would have been away in America filming the judges’ houses portion of the show.
“Even though it’s a hideous situation, the stars have kind of aligned for us to be able to spend this time together,” he said.
“It’s been an unsettling time, but with a silver lining for us that I’ve been able to be here.”
A few days after announcing her pregnancy Dee sent out an Instagram post referring to the couple’s ‘rocky road to get here’ and for those who are facing similar ‘rocky road’, O’Leary said: “Don’t lose hope.”
Picture: Dermot O’Leary with his wife, Dee Koppang.