Kirsty Gallacher has spoked out about the anxiety she feels over her financial situation after coronavirus wiped out her work opportunities.
The Scottish presenter, 44, recently launched a sports podcast to keep her occupied during lockdown.
But the Edinburgh TV personality said her freelance work has dried up due to lockdown rules and the pandemic’s impact on sport.
Kirsty – who has been a television presenter since 1998 – said her freelance work in corporate events and sporting fixtures disappeared when lockdown was announced back in March.
Her once-hectic schedule for 2020 vanished overnight and became suddenly empty.
Opening up to The Sun’s Fabulous magazine, the star said: “It’s been scary for everyone.
“So many people who thought they were fine are now possibly in a lot of trouble and I felt the anxiety very much.
“I work a lot in the corporate and event industries, especially in the spring and summer for all the sports that goes on. That was all wiped out.
“I’ve done it for years and I love it, but of course it’s work and money, and I’m no different to anyone else in being hit.
“But having said that, there have been massive pluses about being in this suspended state, and for me it’s allowed me to get to grips with what I really wanted to do.”
With free time on her hands, Kirsty went on to say she has been bonding with her sons, Oscar, 13, and 10-year-old Jude, who she homeschooled when schools were closed during lockdown.
Kirsty shares her boys with ex-husband, 43-year-old rugby star Paul Sampson, who she divorced in 2015.
In the same interview, Kirsty said she has found herself more content in her own company, having had days where she would be on her own in her home in Berkshire when her kids would be at their father’s.
She also remained coy about her current romantic life, saying she has been on “a few dates” and is “very happy”.