Jonathan Ross reveals one of his daughters is on the autistic spectrum but was misdiagnosed as a child
Jonathan Ross has candidly revealed he is “pretty sure” one of his daughters is on the autism spectrum.
The 59 year old chat show host said his daughter was misdiagnosed in the 1990s, despite him and his wife Jane Goldman taking her to be assessed.
The Masked Singer judge Jonathan has three children Betty, 28, Harvey, 26, and Honey, 23, with his wife of 32 years Jane, 49.
Jonathan did not name the daughter but, candidly opened up about the ordeal on Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe's podcast called Lockdown Parenting Hell.
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He said: “One of my children I’m pretty sure has a level of autism.
“She was very late to talk and she fixed on certain things, and she was very strange about people.
“We took her to be assessed but not for that, [and] because this was early ‘90s and when that stuff wasn’t really talked about as much.
“But now we showed someone the medical report and they said: ‘Yes, now she would absolutely be diagnosed as autistic’, but back then she wasn’t.”
Jonathan also opened up on spending life on lockdown on the podcast as he said: “On a personal level, I’m fine. I do have moments of sadness and melancholy.
“Mainly, not remotely worried about myself but worried about my kids and also people – friends of mine, their kids, not just their health currently but what the future’s gonna be like for them.”
He added: “You think: ‘OK there’s gonna be a huge financial implication going forward, there’s gonna be education implications for the kids who aren’t doing their exams at the moment and that’s gonna be a weird blip.
“There will be more pandemics like this unless we totally change how we interact with other countries and how we socially interact with one another.”
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Jonathan later said: “When we grew up, we were lucky. I’m considerably older than you. We grew up in a sort of happy haze where you didn’t think anything major would happen everything would either be the same or slightly better.
“Now, I think there’s a degree of uncertainty and anxiety which I suspect will never go away. So, on that level, and on the level of knowing there are people really suffering and people doing really hard jobs under the worst possible conditions and people dying, then as miserable as everyone else.
“But, on a personal level, I’m having a lovely time!”
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