Carol Vorderman childhood heartbreak as dad’s affair put family in poverty

Carol Vorderman has opened up about her father having an affair behind her mother’s back when her mum was pregnant.

The Countdown legend spoke frankly about her upbringing, admitting she had to share a bedroom with three other people.

Carol, 58, said: “My dad had had an affair while she was pregnant with me and they’d separated when I was about two weeks old, so she moved back to Wales with us.

"I shared a bed with my mum until I was nine, as there were four of us in one bedroom.”

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She added to The Mirror: "There was no central heating, you’d put another jumper on.

"Every Sunday night, mum would put money in the meter to have one tub of hot water.

"The question was always, ‘Who’s having first water?’"

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Carol, who hosts the 2019 Pride Of Britain Awards this week, added: "Usually it was me, as I was the little one, then my brother, mother and sister.

"Afterwards you’d be wrapped in a towel and run towards the gas fire.

"Normally we'd only have one bar on, but on bath night all three would be on.

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"The joy from having so much heat and knowing I smelt clean."

Carol is now reported to have a net worth of £10 million.

Thanks to her time on Countdown from 1982 to 2008, she helped turn herself into a household name as well as a formidable brand bagging herself countless endorsement deals.

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