BBC Breakfast star shares heartbreaking reason she stepped back from hosting job

One BBC Breakfast presenter has shared some heartbreaking news after taking time away from her role in the studio.

Keeley Donovan offered a “sad and worrying” update to fans after being off work for a while, suffering from morning sickness while pregnant with her second child.

But the presenter has now shared the devastating news that she has sadly miscarried, with doctors informing her at her 12-week scan.

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Keeley, 39, took to Instagram to tell fans: “I returned to work last week but you might not have seen me around for a while, the truth is I’ve been off with horrid morning sickness.

"Unfortunately the day before our 12 week scan I started to show signs of a miscarriage."

Her tragic update continued: “At the scan there was no heartbeat. A few days later I ended up back in hospital because of heavy blood loss.

"It’s been a sad and worrying time."

Keeley shared a picture of a lit candle and vase full of flowers in tribute to her baby.

She shares her first child, who was born in July 2020, with radio presenter husband Johnny I’Anson.

Keeley’s emotional update continued: “It’s awful to think that so many people go through this but I have found comfort in knowing that miscarriages aren’t uncommon. Talking to other women/friends who’ve been through a similar experience has really helped.

“It still feels like a subject that lots of us don’t know enough about. I had no idea, for example, about how traumatic the physical side of a miscarriage can be.

“One of the many emotions I’ve felt is shame. I can’t help wondering if this is one of the reasons it’s not more widely talked about.

“So I’m just posting this as one more person adding to the dialogue. Maybe it will help someone in a tiny way to know they aren’t alone in their experience,” she went on.

The star admitted that life can be “rubbish”, and wants to tell her truth on social media.

Keeley said: “I also post lots of positive things about my life on here and wanted to be genuine, because sometimes life can be a bit rubbish too.

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‘If you have had a miscarriage and would like advice or feel you need to speak to someone @tommys and @cradle_charity are helpful.

“Thank you to our friends, family and colleagues who have been so kind to us over the past few weeks,” she concluded.

Her fans and friends showed an outpouring of support for the star, with one writing: “Sending huge love Keeley – I’m sure your words have helped so many going through a tough time too.”

Another followed up: “I’m so sorry to hear this Keeley. Stay strong lovely. If you ever need a chat I’m there too alongside your friends.”

“Brave words Keeley. It can feel very lonely and utterly bewildering. Lots of love to you both,” someone else commented.

If you have been affected by this story, advice and support can be found at the Miscarriage Association. You can call them on 01924 200799 or email [email protected]


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