Trisha Goddard feared she’d given her baby HIV after ex’s secret battle

Trisha Goddard has been married and divorced three times, but she is utterly devoted to her two children Billie and Madison.

And in one horrifying moment after giving birth to eldest daughter Billie in 1989 by Mark Grieve, Trisha realised the worst could have happened after finding out her first husband Robert Nestdale had recently died from AIDS.

The Australian politician hadn't told his wife about his disease, leaving Trisha, 63, devastated at the prospect she could have been carrying HIV and accidentally passed it to her newborn baby while breastfeeding.

Trisha, who was 31 at the time, got herself tested as soon as possible, and while her days were consumed with fear as she waited for the result, thankfully it was negative.

Speaking ahead of her appearance on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories next week, the TV presenter said: "I don’t know how I got through it. I was Robert’s wife and yet I didn’t know he had Aids [the politician told his wife he had lymphoma instead and was secretly gay].

"I remember going for this test and being horrified they might have to take blood from my tiny baby.

"But then the doctor said that wasn’t necessary because, if I had it and was breastfeeding, she would already have it.

"I’ll never forget this awful feeling, that I might have been passing on the disease through my milk."

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"It was your worst nightmare," the star continued. "When I found out I had tested negative, I broke down and wept."

The actress, who now lives in the US, said the "penny dropped" on Robert’s lies after his funeral, where the minister told of how he’d had a "dark side" and a former colleague insisted he hadn’t had cancer.

"Robert had worked a lot in Africa, where HIV is prevalent. I went cold, numb with fear," Trisha recalled.

Trisha went on to share that despite years of disappointing failed romances, she believes she’s finally found the one.

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She is keeping her new beau’s identity to herself for the moment, but the loved-up couple have been living together since March last year when the lockdowns began.

"He’s very romantic, It’s going really, really well," the chat show queen said ahead of her interview with Piers this week. "It does feel like we’ve condensed a four or five-year relationship into a one-year relationship because of the pandemic.

"He earns more money than I do, and contributes and cooks. He’s been a single dad, I was a single mum. We both work. We’ve both been through divorces," Trisha added.

The TV personality has been based in America since 2010, and has worked on talk show Maury as a conflict-resolution expert as well as helming her own programme.

Trisha Goddard appears on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories Thursday at 9pm on ITV.

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