Trisha Goddard reveals the distressing moment she thought she passed HIV to her daughter

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Trisha Goddard revealed her horror by believing she passed HIV to her then baby girl Billie after learning that her first husband had secretly fought off the virus.

The presenter’s ex-husband, Australian politician Robert Nestdale, died in 1989, just weeks after giving birth to daughter Billie with second husband Mark Grieve – Trisha only learning that Robert had died of AIDS during his funeral.

In a new interview, Trisha, 63, spoke of the agonizing wait to find out if she had carried HIV and gave it to Billie, now 31, through breastfeeding, remembering that she never didn’t know how I was doing. .

Agony: Trisha Goddard revealed her horror when she thought she passed HIV to her baby daughter Billie, after learning her first husband was secretly fighting the virus (pictured in 2020)

Trisha recounted how she was amazed to learn that Robert had AIDS and was in fact secretly gay and did not have lymphoma, as he had told her.

But upon realizing the truth about her illness, the new mom, then 31, panicked at the prospect of passing the virus on to her child and immediately booked herself for a test.

Speaking to The Sun, she said: ‘I don’t know how I got over that. I was Robert’s wife and yet I didn’t know he had AIDS.

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She added that she was ‘horrified’ that doctors would draw blood from her newborn baby, but was then told ‘not needed’ as if Trisha was being tested positive and breastfeeding Billie, the toddler would already have the virus.

Fear: In a new interview, Trisha, 63, spoke of the agonizing wait to find out if she had carried HIV and gave it to Billie, now 31, through breastfeeding, recalling that she didn't know how i was doing he '

Fear: In a new interview, Trisha, 63, spoke of the agonizing wait to find out if she had carried HIV and gave it to Billie, now 31, through breastfeeding, recalling that she didn’t know how i was doing he ‘

She explained, “ I will never forget that horrible feeling, that I could have transmitted the disease through my milk. It was your worst nightmare. When I found out that I had tested negative, I collapsed and cried.

The former chat show host described how she became ‘cold, numb with fear’ after the ‘penny dropped’ that Robert was HIV positive, recalling how Robert had ‘worked a lot’ ‘in Africa where the virus was widespread.

Trisha went on to recall how during her career as a journalist she remembers covering babies lying in their cribs with HIV, so she knew full well the extent of the virus on children.

“It still haunted me,” she said. “I knew what it looked like. So I was petrified. When I found out I was okay, the relief was overwhelming.

Past trauma: Realizing the truth about her illness, the new mom, then 31, panicked at the idea of ​​passing the virus on to her child and immediately booked herself for a test (pictured in 2020 )

Past trauma: Realizing the truth about her illness, the new mom, then 31, panicked at the idea of ​​passing the virus on to her child and immediately booked herself for a test (pictured in 2020 )

The Dancing On Ice then described her short-lived marriage to Robert and told how she struggled to get over the fact that he had lied throughout their relationship and ‘until his deathbed’ ‘.

Trisha and Robert were married in 1985, the politician having died in 1989.

She then met producer Mark Grieve in 1987, with the couple welcoming their first daughter Billie in 1989, just weeks before Robert’s death.

They tied the knot in 1993, and the couple welcomed their second daughter Madison in 1996, with the couple breaking up soon after.

Trisha then tied the knot with psychotherapist Peter Gianfrancesco in 1998, but that marriage didn’t last either, with the duo divorcing in 2017.

Her daughter: She met producer Mark Grieve in 1987, the couple welcoming their first daughter Billie in 1989, a few weeks before Robert's death (pictured with Billie, now 31)

Her daughter: She met producer Mark Grieve in 1987, the couple welcoming their first daughter Billie in 1989, a few weeks before Robert’s death (pictured with Billie, now 31)

Meanwhile, Trisha is set to reveal more of her life in an upcoming episode of Piers Morgan’s Life Stories.

Speaking to the Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine, she said of her experience: “It was difficult”.

“ Of course I know all the things that happen to me in my life, but it’s quite different when they’re all linked like that.

“And there were videos of people I hadn’t seen in a while. I’m not someone who cries in public but there were lots of bumps in my throat.

“It was more of an ordeal than I expected. But I am an adult. I’ve interviewed enough people myself. Piers was just doing his job. He was fair.

“It’s just that I’m not used to being asked questions. I’m sure I’ll watch it from behind a giant pillow, like I do horror movies.

Tough: The Dancing On Ice then described her short-lived marriage to Robert and recounted how she struggled to overcome the fact that he had lied throughout their relationship and 'until his deathbed'. ', photographed in 2020)

Tough: The Dancing On Ice then described her short-lived marriage to Robert and recounted how she struggled to overcome the fact that he had lied throughout their relationship and ‘until his deathbed’. ‘, photographed in 2020)

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