Anne Hegerty was almost homeless and living on disability allowance before The Chase

Anne Hegerty was on benefits and on the brink of becoming homeless when she found fame on The Chase.

The I’m A Celebrity star was a freelance proof reader – but fell into difficulty when her autism meant she struggled to keep on top of her accounts.

"I just simply couldn’t keep it going and the result was I wasn’t paying my bills, but I was trying not to go on benefits on the grounds that I just thought that was sort of giving up. I wasn’t giving up," she told Stuff .

She was living in a council house but fell behind with rent payments when someone from the Housing Association paid her a visit.

"She was stepping over piles of unopened mail and realised we had a problem. She said ‘we will fix this, I will get someone to help you,’" she recalled.

Anne Hegerty was almost homeless and living on disability allowance before The Chase

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Anne Hegerty was almost homeless and living on disability allowance before The Chase

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A social worker helped Anne sort out her bills and taught her to cope with everyday life.

She was also put on the Disability Living Allowance – a benefit to assist people with disabilities to live everyday lives.

Once her life was back on track, Anne learned about the "high level quizzing circuit" and the rest is history.

Anne Hegerty was almost homeless and living on disability allowance before The Chase

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Anne Hegerty was almost homeless and living on disability allowance before The Chase

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After finding fame on The Chase, Anne still claimed the benefit – at least up until last year – as it’s not means-tested.

"It is difficult to go down the street without being recognised. It’s weird and interesting," she said of her fame.

"There are times when you’re not absolutely crazy about it.. but I hope I never take it for granted."

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