A Place in the Sun's Danni Menzies left in tears as grieving mother breaks down while viewing home

A PLACE In The Sun host Danni Menzies has opened up on the "challenging" nature of filming hugely emotive scenes in a socially-distanced manner during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Scottish presenter admitted she "stood and cried" as one female contestant opened up on losing her son and, for the ordinarily tactile programme anchor, not being able to comfort her was a huge struggle.

The Channel 4 host, 33, told Express.co.uk of the new normal in filming, and admitted bosses had clearly warned her to maintain social distancing measures of one metre plus on-set, to adhere to UK coronavirus rules.

She told the website: "The only thing that I really struggled with, I'm quite a touchy, loving person, and if someone cried, I wasn't allowed to cuddle them, and that was quite challenging."

Danni, who has co-hosted the show since 2016, added: "I did get quite a few emails from the bosses saying, 'Danni, don't touch anyone,' because I'm always putting my arms around people."

Addressing the toughest moment while helping contestants secure their dream holiday home amid the global health crisis, she detailed an instance where the entire A Place In The Sun film crew were in tears.


Danni said: "I had two sisters on the show who were lovely and one of them had really sadly lost her son, and she cried in one of the houses.

"It was really difficult not being able to cuddle her, because I could feel the emotions inside and I could see it in her eyes. We all stood and cried.

"It was happy tears because she loved the house, but that was the only challenging thing."

Meanwhile, off-screen, Danni has been equally candid in making public her non-work-related lockdown blues.


Last month, she told how she had "cracked" under the pressure, with her first isolation-induced "cry."

Danni took to her Instagram page and admitted she's just like the rest of us when it comes to having bad days amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The broadcaster had tied her hair in a bun and pulled on her dressing gown over her clothes.

She added a second snap showing her pouting at the camera as she wrote: "I’ve cracked 🤷🏼‍♀️ Had my first lockdown cry this morning while trying to do an online workout class.


"Very dramatic 😂 Literally just burst into tears and had to turn it off (sorry @loucbarton it was me, not you!🤦‍♀️)."

She followed up with: "Now I’m in bed at 3pm wearing my dressing gown over my clothes 👀👍🏻 Who’s with me?"

The property show presenter's followers were quick to offer messages of support in the comments section, with one writing: "Right there with you. It’ll be okay…we’ve got this. 💪"

Danni hasn't shied away from flagging her feelings and recently opened up about her past struggle with depression and anxiety, with a view to helping others.

Speaking about a harrowing period of her life, Danni said: “I had an accident and someone from my childhood passed away, I think the trauma of both those things had a knock-on effect."

After trying NLP therapy, the presenter said she "came out the other side of things."

“The power of social media is amazing, there’s a lot of celebrities speaking about it so it’s a bit more talked about now and that’s actually a positive thing.”

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