CAROL Vorderman has revealed her heartbreak after her mum forced her to leave their home in Wales.
المقدم, الآن 61, was told never to return when her mum split from her stepfather – and she stayed away, الى الآن.
Over the last couple of years Carol has returned to her homeland and regularly tells her followers how in love with it is she is.
But today, she opened up about her true bond with the country and her devastation at leaving it all those years ago.
In a Welsh Valentine’s inspired post, شرحت: “Happy Welsh Valentine’s Day. For some they say I love you (Dwi’n caru ti) to their beloved. For me I say Iove you to my country.
“It’s a real love…. We have a word for it in Welsh. HIRAETH.
“A real and visceral longing for the homeland which grows ever stronger.
“I grew up in Wales and only known Wales for my first 20 years and then my Mum left my stepfather (who I ADORED) and told me I couldn’t go back home.
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“So I didn’t for a very long time. I had to block it out. This was before the Internet was even created. Only letters and sporadic phone calls kept us in touch with family back then. Now I’m there half of the year at least and growing.”
Carol’s mum Jean passed away in 2017 after her fourth battle with cancer.
They had always lived together and Carol found she had a new lease of life following her passing, which led her back to Wales.
She said previously: “From the age of 21, I’d loved looking after Mum. I employed her full-time from when I was 25. We always lived together.
“It’s taken time to come to terms with losing her.
“Now that Katie and Cameron are grown up, I realise this is the first time in my life I’ve had no responsibilities.
“It’s an amazing feeling of freedom. I’ve fulfilled my duties and earned the money, and looked after a lot of people.
“Now it’s about what I choose to do. I’m relaunching, re-engaging and ready for this incredible new chapter.”