Jeremy Clarksons ex was terrified to leave the house after affair scandal10/11/2021
Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? host Jeremy Clarkson's ex-girlfriend Phillipa Sage has explained the trauma she faced following their affair scandal.
Jeremy was accused by his second wife, Frances Cain, of having an affair with his Top Gear colleague Phillipa Sage back in 2011.
Phillipa and Jeremy worked together for several years before their friendship escalated to a romantic relationship.
Their whirlwind relationship came to an end in January 2017 and had a detrimental effect on Phillipa's mental health both at the start and end of their romance.
Speaking on the Driven Chat Podcast, Phillipa spoke openly about their bond that sadly left her too scared to leave her house.
Host John Marcar asked: "If anyone, like myself, has Googled your name before talking to you, they will see a number of tabloid headlines that allude to you as Clarkson's mistress, it sounds like a horrible word saying it but that working relationship did lead to something more, didn't it?"
Phillipa responded: "It did, my favourite headline, I was on the front pages for a week.
"I literally didn't leave my house because I was terrified."
She continued: "It just makes you feel crap because you think you're being judged, whereas I was just following my heart."
Elsewhere, Phillipa admitted that her mental health took a turn for the worse following their break up after she believed the pair would grow old together.
She revealed: "We are vaguely in touch, yeah, but I'm pretty bruised by it so I don't get too involved.
"It took a long time for me to get over it because you can't escape.
"Especially because he's all over the place," noted Jeremy's vast media career."
Despite this, she does sit down and tune in to The Grand Tour, saying: "It's really nice actually, now I can enjoy watching The Grand Tour because yeah, I was pretty sore afterwards because I couldn't work with him anymore.
"I've moved on, I enjoy watching them all, they still make me laugh."
Phillipa released a book earlier this year, documenting her memories of touring the world with Jeremy and his former Top Gear co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May.
Recalling an incident while the group were on tour in New Zealand, she explained that Jeremy and Richard had been staying on a secluded island but were not happy.
"They demanded that the board game 'Risk' was delivered to their hideaway as soon as possible," she said.
She continued: "So, a helicopter was sent from the capital city Auckland to fly in a board game where players use 'diplomacy, conflict and conquest' to win for the two Top Gear presenters."
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