Had full-on panic Alison Hammond thought Brian May had called her elephant

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This Morning presenter Alison Hammond has opened up about an “embarrassing” moment with Queen legend Brian May, 74. The ITV host revealed that the word “elephant” has left her traumatised and mistakenly believed the rock legend had called her the name following an encounter.

The 46-year-old explained that she has panic attacks after cruel taunts at school.

The presenter revealed that every time she hears someone say “elephant”, she believes they are talking about her.

She added that as a child boys at school would direct nasty comments at her and call her an elephant.

Revealing that she suffers from PTSD, the presenter told how she attended an awards ceremony where Queen star Brian said “there’s an elephant in the room”.

Alison admitted she thought the guitarist was talking about her but Brian admitted she was mistaken.

Opening up in her new book You’ve Got To Laugh, the This Morning presenter added she was at the ceremony with fellow Big Brother star Kate Lawler, reports the Mirror.

Alison said: “We didn’t notice a band coming onstage to perform – we were too busy gossiping.

“Suddenly, Brian [May] said, ‘We’re trying to listen and I can’t hear a word of the singing. Could you keep your noise down?’

“We stopped talking. But you know when you’ve been told off and you’re a bit giggly? ‘Oh, my gosh, we just got told off by Brian May from Queen!’”

She continued: “Things got worse when the band left the stage.

“Brian May got up to make a speech and started off by saying, ‘Now, there’s an elephant in the room, isn’t there?’”

Alison said she went into a “full panic” but the rocker had been referring to something completely different.


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“I had a full-on panic he was going to start embarrassing me in front of everybody,” she explained.

“‘Of course I wasn’t talking about you!’ he said. “I just really wanted to hear the singers and you were too loud.’”

Alison added: “I’m not sure what lesson I took away from that day, but I’m sure I’m not the only person who lives with PTSD dating back to their schooldays.”

Her comments come after she also touched on her childhood and said she was often taunted by pupils.

Alison first stepped into the public eye in 2002 where she was a contestant on Big Brother.

She has since become a household name and is a regular fixture on This Morning.

The Birmingham star has appeared on countless shows – including Strictly Come Dancing and I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

Alison Hammond: You’ve Got to Laugh is out now.


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