Words: Steve Brown
The Chase star Paul Sinha has revealed the last year has been both the best and worst after getting engaged and learning he has Parkinson’s disease.
Best known for being one of The Chasers on the ITV show, Sinha has publicly been out for more than a decade but rarely makes reference to his sexuality on the quiz show.
Earlier this year, The Sinnerman announced he was engaged to his boyfriend but just month’s after the happy news, he learnt he has Parkinson’s disease.
Now, while appearing on Lorraine today (October 14), Sinha said the last 12 months have been both the best of times and the worst of times.
He said: “It’s about getting the best news in your life and the worst new in your life in the last 12 months.
“I think doing things you love helps with your mental health - a lot of people don’t seem to take that info in. I’ve been doing comedy for more than two decades.”
When asked how he is doing, he admitted it was a shock but not a massive one as he knew things were wrong with his body.
He continued: “I’m fine, to be perfectly honest with you. It was a shock - not a massive shock because I knew things were going wrong with my body.
“So, when I saw the neurologist in May I knew that it wasn't going to be good news. But now I’m on medication I just get on with it!”
The Sinnerman also went on to say how excited he is to finally tie the knot with his boyfriend and revealed they are to be married on December 14.
He added: “I was single for 23 years. I did not see this one coming at all but on January 2 I proposed to my boyfriend Oliver and we're getting married on December 14.
“This is important because I was told by my friend who has Parkinson’s to put things in my diary that are important and I can’t wait to get married.
“I am not giving up. There are a lot of reasons for that, not least because it's good for your health.
“My dad didn’t give up when he had a cardiac arrest in 1990, my mum didn’t when she had breast cancer, my sister's son has autism, so I’m not going to be the one to give up.”