‘It’s the pressure of everyone having an opinion on you’: Steph McGovern admits she keeps her girlfriend and daughter’s identity hidden as she’s worried about trolls
Steph McGovern has revealed that she protects the identify of her child and partner to protect them from ‘trolling’.
The Channel 4 presenter, 40, spoke candidly about her family life as she posed for a photoshoot with Woman & Home magazine.
She welcomed a baby with her girlfriend in 2019 and has never disclosed their names or shared any pictures with the pair.
‘I don’t think it’s fair’: Steph McGovern, 40, has opened up about straying away from naming details which could identify her child or partner to protect them from ‘trolling’
Steph said she doesn’t ‘think it’s fair to put them out there’ and subject her loved ones to the ‘pressures of everyone having an opinion on them’.
She added that it’s important for her to speak about being in a same-sex family ‘in the right context’.
Steph explained: ‘Someone contacted me on Instagram to say it’s nice that I mention my partner and child in a normal way and not by going, “By the way everyone, I’m in a gay relationship! Whoa! Get the rainbow flag out!”
‘I talk about it in a way that any parent would, I just don’t say their names.’
‘I talk about it in a way that any parent would’: She added that it’s important for her to speak about being in a same-sex family ‘in the right context’
Steph also told the publication that she’s been able to find a good balance between her professional and home life as with her role on Steph’s Packed Lunch she’s able to drop her daughter off at nursery and pick her up daily.
However the star added that she doesn’t want to overcommit to work at the risk of it negatively affecting her daughter, stressing that she always wants her daughter to know her parents are ‘there for her’.
While Steph doesn’t ‘think more children are on the cards’, she didn’t give a definitive answer because ‘you don’t know’.
Since working on BBC Breakfast, Steph as appeared on several shows including Shop Well For Less, Have I Got News For You and Watchdog.
The journalist is now hosting her own show – Steph’s Packed Lunch – which sees her chat to a range of stars including Katie Price, Maureen Lipman and Oti Mabuse.
In 2019, Steph – who grew up in North Yorkshire – gave birth to her child, which she shares with her partner.
Speaking to woman&home, the
Family: While Steph doesn’t ‘think more children are on the cards’, she didn’t give a definitive answer because ‘you don’t know’