‘I live a life where I don’t need friends’ Springwatch host Chris Packham admits

Springwatch: Chris Packham apologises for 'mistake'

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Springwatch star Chris Packham has opened up about his social life in a new interview published this week. The presenter, who turned 60 last month, said he “doesn’t really need friends”, preferring to concentrate on other things in his life.

Instead, Chris spends time with his partner and step-daughter as well as his beloved dogs.

He, of course, also has his work on Springwatch and the spin-off shows, the perfect outlet for his love of nature.

“I live a life where I don’t really need friends, I have Charlotte and Megan.

“I learnt that’s a safer way for me to navigate through life,” the BBC star told this week’s OK! Magazine.

Chris, who was diagnosed with Aspergers’s syndrome when he was in his forties, told the publication that he had previously struggled in social situations.

He said that because he wasn’t aware of the condition in his younger years, he did not understand why he was “different to other people”.

The presenter admitted to having feelings of “self-loathing” and also felt “victimised” when people reacted to him in unexpected ways.

This led him to focus on those who are most important to him.

Chris is currently in a relationship with Charlotte Corney, who shares his passion for animals and runs the Isle of Wight Zoo.

During lockdown he lived with his step-daughter Megan, who he co-presents Springwatch with, in addition to an online birdwatching programme.

Megan is the daughter of a previous long-term partner.

The presenter said he had progressed in life thanks to help from mentors at school and university who had looked out for him.

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During an appearance on Springwatch last night, Chris amused viewers when he asked for trolls to find a “polite way” to highlight their errors.

It followed an apology for a previous mistake.

“We love to be corrected and I will always put my hand up and say, ‘We got that wrong’.

“But we like to be corrected in a polite way, just bear that in mind,” he told social media users.

Viewers took to social media to praise Chris for his remarks.

“Spot on Chris, too many know it all’s on Twitter waiting for you to make a mistake #Springwatch,”(sic) one follower remarked.

“Haha Brilliant from @ChrisGPackham inviting the trolling dullards to go hence to a dark place in a most polite manner #springwatch @BBCSpringwatch,”(sic) another added.

Springwatch continues tonight at 8pm on BBC Two.

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