Anne Diamond: Breakfast TV bosses wanted me to get married

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Loose Women star Anne Diamond has revealed she was put under pressure to get married when she was a breakfast television presenter, to fit in with the show's "family" image.

Diamond hosted Good Morning Britain for TV-am between 1983 and 1990 and later presented Good Morning With Anne And Nick for BBC One from 1992 to 1996.

Anne Diamond, English radio and television presenter
Anne in 1984 (PA)

She told Loose Women she still is not sure if she got married because she wanted to or because of the pressure she was put under.

Diamond married former TV executive Mike Hollingsworth in 1989 and they had five children but are no longer together.

TV presenter Anne Diamond and husband, television executive Mike Hollingsworth, with their new born son Jake.  * 23/5/93 The couple's marriage is reported to be on the rocks after earlier revelations that their four children shared their bed.
With Mike and son Jake in 1998 (John Stillwell/PA)

She told the ITV panel show: "I did succumb to a lot of pressure, I never felt the need to be married, to have someone make an honest woman of me, what a horrible phrase that is.

"But there was a lot of pressure for me because I was Britain's most famous unmarried mother back in 1987.

"That was the headline, it was scandalous then. I came under a lot of pressure from my employers."

TV Presenters Anne Diamond and Nick Owen of
With co-host Nick Owen in 1992 (PA)

She added: "I was in breakfast TV at the time and was taken out for a very serious lunch at the Savoy or the Ritz, the full works, and these guys at the top of the tree of our company put a lot of pressure on me.

"They said 'Marry him or else'. They made it very clear they felt they were a family breakfast TV station and I was not projecting the image they wanted me to project of the wholesome married girl with the children.

Anne Diamond arrives to give evidence at a hearing of the Leveson inquiry, at the Royal Courts of Justice, in central London.
(Dominic Lipinski/PA)

"I resisted it at the time, I was prepared to say 'OK then, I will walk' because I thought the world was my oyster, but then you go home and start the conversation and think maybe the time is right.

"I don't know to this day if I got married because of quite a lot of pressure or whether it was something I really wanted myself."

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