TRISHA Goddard revealed her age on Piers Morgan's Life Stories last night leaving viewers stunned.
The talk show host and TV presenter opened up about a number of tough topics on the show, including the racist abuse she suffered as a child and trying to take her own life after having a breakdown.
But in a moment of light relief for viewers, Trisha left host Piers amazed when she said she is 63 years old and EIGHT years his senior.
He asked her how old she was and she said: "I'm 63."
Staggered, Piers, 55, said : "You are eight years older than me, but you look ten years younger than me, what's your secret?"
And Trisha replied: "I have a 30-year-old and 26-year-old who keep saying to me when are you gonna grow up.
"There's a lot of child in me and I've always enjoyed being active."
Viewers were just as surprised, with one writing on Twitter: "Trisha Goddard has aged so well. She looks half her age."
Another remarked: "She looks amazing for 63. She looks in her 30’s"
As one more commented: "Such a strong, remarkable and inspirational woman. The very essence of resilience. And pretty damn stunning for 63."
Trisha spoke about the racism hurled at her in her formative years and how a teacher at school told her she needed to "toughen up" because "we don't want people like you here".
She said she was bombarded with racist name-calling as a child, and told Piers Morgan's Life Stories: "I got really good at my primary school going in the loo. You get toilet paper and you stuff it in your mouth so they don't hear you crying.
"Because if they hear you crying while they're chanting the n-word outside, then you'll get it worse."
She added: "I remember the worst time was in the canteen and a boy – we used to get our meals on a tray – and he went like that with his fists (hits the underside of the tray in the air).
"So all the food flew off the tray and everybody laughed. And I was so embarrassed and I picked up everything and I did the Oliver Twist thing, I went back to the dinner lady.
"I said 'Excuse me' and she said 'No, you've had'.
"And everyone was laughing. So I got up, I ran out and I sat on a step and I was crying and crying.
"I must have been nine or ten, crying and crying. And I can see this teacher now, blond hair, goofy teeth. He sat down next to me and he said, 'You've got to understand, you've got to toughen up. We people in this country, we don't want people like you here. So if you're going to stay here, you're going to have to toughen up'.
"When I was nine years old and my teacher, who watched me get hit, was telling me this was my life.
"I thought I'd failed. I thought I wasn't being English enough.
"I remember that distinct moment because I thought, 'No one's going to look out for you for the rest of your life. You are in charge of you'.
"I never told my parents because I thought I would be letting mum down."
Goddard also described trying to take her own life after she suffered a breakdown following the birth of her daughter Billie.
Asked by Morgan how serious she was about ending her own life, she said: "Everybody is serious. There's no such thing as a cry for help. Everybody's serious if you get to that stage.
"And to me it was about just not wanting to be or feel that pain anymore.
"What brought me back is my baby needed breastfeeding.
"And there was a nurse there called Elaine. And Elaine, if you're watching this, you know, you saved my life. Never mind about the psychiatrist, this one nurse.
"People were talking about taking my children away from me and that would have been the end.
"And Elaine brought toys for Billie to play with. She allowed me to be a mum and she watched and she told me I was a good mum.
"And that reminded me of my meaning, that I wasn't useless or hopeless. All the voices in my head that told me I was a failure and this one nurse was the one who got through to me."
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