Jonathan Ross reveals daughter Betty, 30, is using a wheelchair as she battles long-term illness


JONATHAN Ross has revealed his daughter Betty is using a wheelchair as she battles her long-term illness.

The TV star opened up about his daughter’s battle with fibromyalgia, which is thought to have been brought on by her battle with Covid-19.

Jonathan opened up about his daughter’s illness on the show
Betty still uses a wheelchair to get around

Jonathan, 62, took to Loose Women to open up about Betty’s illness – which she was diagnosed with last year.

While he explained that the family were overjoyed she was making “some improvement”, she was still struggling and having to rely on a wheelchair to walk long distances.

Betty, 30, suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome and Postural tachycardia syndrome – which causes extreme tiredness and an abnormal increase in the heart rate.

TV host Jonathan explained that her diagnosis has made it hard for her to “walk a long way”, despite receiving treatment.

“She has fibromyalgia and she has chronic fatigue syndrome and POTS syndrome as well, which is where your heart rate shoots up,” Jonathan explained.

“We found a thing called the Perrin treatment. The guy who invented it, he came to talk to me about it.

“She looked it up online because she’s a smart young woman, so she has to want to do the treatment.

“You know, I mean, I can’t just say to her ‘try this, try that’ if she thinks it’s wrong in some way and if she’s not going to enter it one hundred percent, of course it’s not worth doing.

“But we’ve been having that treatment going on and she’s definitely showing some improvement.

“She still can’t walk very far. We got her an electric wheelchair in the summer, so we can at least go out for walks with the dogs and that’s lifted her spirits a lot.”

Fibromyalgia causes pain all over the body, as well as stiffness, headaches and mental block, known as ‘fibro-fog’.

It comes after Jonathan revealed his Christmas Day disaster as his house was left in chaos with his pets on the table.

The TV star revealed how his family Christmas dinner was spoilt after his pets were let loose on the table.

“[Our pets] eat so much on Christmas, they eat all the kind of scraps from the table,” Jonathan told Kelly Holmes.

“One year as a treat, we let the dogs eat at the table, because they are always trying to get at the table and I am always telling them, ‘No, get down, get down’.

“So I said as a special treat for them, let’s give them their dinner. So we put their bowls on the table.

“Stupidly, somehow I thought they would sit there and behave and eat like we do.

“But they were up on the table, all over the place and grabbing at things, one was weeing, there was food bowls going everywhere.”

As the Loose Women panel laughed around him, he shook his head and concluded: “We won’t be doing that again.”

Elsewhere, Jonathan confirmed that Christmas tradition in his house meant that he and his family only wear pyjamas.

He explained that on the big day, the family dress in extravagant bedtime clothes for ultimate relaxation.

“We have fun the whole time, we try and get the kids to stay with us for as long as possible,” Jonathan said.

Betty has chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia