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TV presenter Lucy Alexander took to social media yesterday to mark the new year while reflecting on the past 12 months. The Homes Under The Hammer star said it had been a “terrible year” on a personal level in addition to the coronavirus pandemic.
She penned on Instagram: “2021. Happy New Year to my friends, family and followers.
“On a personal level, I’ve had a terrible year, losing my mum rocked my world. Then covid struck.
“Thanks for all your support & kindness,” she went on to say in view of her 46,700 followers.
“Here’s to laughing again, finding happiness and having warm hugs and cuddles AND GETTING OUR WORLD BACK TOGETHER AGAIN,” her New Year’s Day post signed off.
Back in February, Lucy’s mother died following a battle with cancer.
The following month, the country went into a national lockdown due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
Her grieving father was then forced to isolate alone, weeks after losing his wife.
Although the mum-of-two was able to visit her father when restrictions lifted, hugging each other came with an added risk of contracting the virus.
Ahead of the festive season, the TV star, who turned 50 in April, said the lead up to Christmas had been “especially hard” this year.
It was the family’s first Christmas without her mother.
In need of a break, Lucy took herself away to a country retreat to compose herself ahead of the festivities and “all the madness”.
The television host admitted to feeling “stressed”.
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She wrote online in December: “Was feeling a bit stressed & under pressure…so I sloped off & managed to escape for a night before the ‘tiers’ changed for some ‘safe’ relaxing R&R and a wonderful hideaway in Suffolk.
“This year’s build-up to Christmas is especially hard without my mum and I just felt I needed to get away from all the madness going on and have some space.
“It was such a calming environment,” she added.
Lucy, who shares two teenage children with husband Stewart Castledine, had both kids under one roof for Christmas.
Leo, 15, was joined by his older sister, Kitty, 18, who returned home from drama school.
Giving fans an insight into the New Year’s Day celebrations, Lucy returned to social media to reveal what she would be eating on the first day of the new year.
She posted a video after receiving a box full to the brim with ingredients and a bottle of wine to make a sumptuous meal.
“The best is yet to come,” she captioned her post which thanked the people behind the delivery.
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