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Steph McGovern has always kept her personal life very guarded.
The much-loved presenter, who was a BBC Breakfast favourite before moving over to Channel 4 to host her own show, wants to keep her private life exactly that.
"It's not like I'm ashamed of anything in my life.
The retired Irish dancer and former engineer. It's more a case of, 'I'm trying to lead as normal a life as I can," she told Suzi Ruffell on her podcast Out last year.
"I just want to do my job and I know that my job comes under certain scrutiny, and profile."
The Steph's Packed Lunch presenter has only given fans a rare insight into her personal life over the years – with the identity of her girlfriend remaining a mystery.
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The name of Steph's long-term partner has never been revealed, though it's previously been reported she works as a TV exectutive.
When Steph's pregnancy was announced in July 2019, a source told The Sun: "Steph and her girlfriend are absolutely thrilled.
"Everyone at the Beeb is delighted too – she is one of the most popular faces on and off the red sofa. But she won’t be doing any magazine shoots any time soon – she values her privacy too much."
Steph left BBC Breakfast after eight years in October 2019, just before she was due to give birth.
In a heartfelt tweet, she thanked the "wonderful" team, the "tech gang", "production posse" and thanked viewers for their support.
Steph McGovern became emotional as she watched a reel of her highlights from her time on BBC Breakfast
"From encouraging letters at the beginning when the world wasn't sure if a 'common Northern lass' should be allowed on the telly doing 'serious stuff' to the wonderful knitwear I've been sent for the bab. Thank you," she wrote.
"You got me through the ups and downs too. Always make me feel welcome in your homes. And I haven't tired of 'I often wake up with you' being one of the most common things said to me in the street!"
Steph and her partner welcomed their baby girl just a month later.
"Well hello world, just surfaced to let you know that we now have a daughter!" she wrote.
"Born on Monday morning just as @BBCBreakfast was wrapping up. We’re all fine and dandy. Just getting used to the eau de sick/poo I am now regularly wearing. #babylife ."
Steph gave birth to her daughter in November 2019
In keeping with how she went about before, Steph kept her newborn baby out of he spotlight.
But she has shared snippets of family life after becoming a first time parent on social media.
Posting a picture of her baby-sick stained jumper last year, Steph wrote: "When you make it onto a train with your baby for the first time and are buzzing about what you’ve achieved……and then you see the baby sick."
She also updated her followers on her return to work after her maternity leave.
"Made it out of the house for my first day of serious work (without baby sick on me). I felt like high fiving people as I walked down the street (I say walked, I mean stumbled… not quite got used to being in heels again!) #parentachievements," gushed the proud mum.
Steph McGovern bursts into tears as she says goodbye to BBC Breakfast after giving birth
One of Steph's first work duties after giving birth was to return to BBC Breakfast for an emotional farewell to the show.
During the live send off, Steph joined colleagues Dan Walker and Louise Minchin on the red sofa to enjoy a final goodbye before heading off to Channel 4.
Joking about becoming a new mum, she confessed: "I have a new found respect for parents. It’s like you’re living with a tiny dictator!"
Steph struggled to fight back her emotions as she was treated to a montage of her best bits over the past decade – and sweetly called everyone she worked with her "family".
Gushing about her experience, she said: "I know, I totally didn’t expect to cry. It’s been brilliant, and do you know what? I love the family here.
"The team behind the scenes who work day and night to make us look good, and all the crew and everything!"
Steph McGovern said that Donald Trump was "creepy" during their interview
One of Steph's most notorious moments on BBC Breakfast was when she interviewed Donald Trump before he became US President.
Speaking about the interview on an episode of Have I Got News For You, Steph claimed he was a "creepy man" during their chat.
She explained: "He said: 'You're so beautiful, I'm going to leave the room to make myself look better, because if we do this interview now everyone is just going to be staring at you and not listening to me."'
Steph pretended to gag, before adding: "It's because he thought that would be the best way to disarm me.
"He thought as a female journalist, he thought that was the best thing to say to me rather than: 'Oh, I watched your piece on mobile phone insurance last week."
She said she was unruffled by his comments, and brushed him off with a witty retort about a Middlesbrough nightclub, replying : "Aye love, I've heard better lines than that down Club Bongo."
She brushed off the US President with a witty retort about a Middlesbrough nightclub during their meeting in 2012
Steph made a welcome return to our screens in March last year with her new self-titled Channel 4 show, The Steph Show.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the show was broadcast live from Steph's living room rather than the channel's headquarters as planned.
Steph announced she would be opening her Yorkshire family front room up to viewers – with the help of some clever robotic cameras – as she presented to the nation from her swanky kitchen.
Viewers loved watching Steph do what she does best, many weren't able to take their eyes off her wonderfully colourful decor.
However, there seemed to be a lack of appetite when her show came back with a new title, Steph's Packed Lunch, later in the year.
Steph was presenting from her kitchen
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Her daytime show registered zero viewers at one point during an episode in September, just two weeks after it was relaunched, while up against ITV's Loose Women.
A source said: “It was a tough call to go up against such an established and well-loved show as Loose Women and there’s no doubt the decision is hurting C4 and these ratings show it.
“ITV were always confident the Loose Women would see off their competition – and in fact their numbers keep going up.”
C4 said Tuesday’s show averaged around 87,000 viewers overall as it pledged to give the show time to increase its audience.
A spokesperson added: “On Tuesday Steph’s Packed Lunch attracted an average audience of 87,000 viewers from 12.30pm – 2.10pm and drew 204,000 at its peak. Daytime shows always take time to build their audience.
“Steph has brought a blast of energy to our daytime line-up and we’re delighted with the live shows the team has produced.”
Steph is back in the studio now
The former BBC Breakfast star previously told The Mirror she only had herself to blame if it failed.
"Of course I’m nervous. I’ve started having the dreams now where I’m like, what if guests don’t turn up or what if they all start swearing on air," she said.
"But I don’t know, that’s also why I love it. I’m an adrenaline junkie. I’m someone who loves live telly and pushing myself.
“But yeah, when your name’s on the tin, there’s no one else to blame if it’s rubbish. If it’s rubbish, it’s my fault.”
Steph spoke out to dismiss speculation her new Channel 4 series is facing the axe after bringing in low viewing figures.
When a Twitter follower asked if the show was ending, she defiantly replied: "Nope."
*Steph's Packed Lunch airs weekdays on Channel 4 at 12.30pm