Anthea Turner tried to tell her husband of her menopause hell – unaware he was cheating with a 24-year-old.

The TV star was in her early 50s when she attempted to describe to Grant Bovey her “horrible” symptoms.

But she had to write to him because she was busy filming in Canada.

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She told the Postcards from Midlife podcast: “You want to turn to the person who’s most important in your life, who’s your husband and I couldn’t.

“Of course what I didn’t realise was he was going through his own little menopause and he’d obviously taken up with a – very exciting in his life – 24-year-old.

“So a sweaty, moaning wife was just like the last thing he wanted.”

Anthea, 62, and Bovey, 61, had been married 12 years before they split up when she was 52 after she found out about his affair. The pair divorced in 2012.

Former Blue Peter host Anthea said at first she herself didn't understand what was happening to her, and she welcomed the recent more open debate about the menopause.

“I hadn't a clue what was going on. We need to talk about it – it's a horrible time.

“You just all of a sudden don't feel yourself. And I know that sounds such a pathetic thing to say, ‘Oh, I don't feel myself,’ but you really don't. You feel like somebody's invaded your body.

“All your markers are all out by a few degrees. I got spots on my back and I was sweating. I felt my confidence was going. I was getting brain fog, I was questioning myself.”

The symptoms were what triggered her to write the letter to her husband, who unbeknownst to her has was having an affair with interior designer Zoe de Mallet Morgan

“I wrote this little letter saying, you know, please understand that.

“I then went reading up about it and found out a lot more, and I tried to explain. I thought I'll write it all down and I wrote it all down.”

Her affair discovery came less than a year after she had forgiven him for an indiscretion with another woman.

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Anthea has since found love again with businessman Mark Armstrong, 56.

The pair’s original wish for a wedding in Italy in September 2020 was postponed due to lockdown and has now been replaced by a beautiful candlelit winter ceremony in the UK.

Her three step-daughters, Claudia, 25, Amelia, 27, and 29-year-old Lily, from her second marriage to Grant Bovey, will be bridesmaids.

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