This Mornings Sharon Marshall comforted by Emmerdale’s Jeff Hordley amid fertility struggles

This Morning’s Sharon Marshall revealed that Emmerdale’s Cain Dingle actor Jeff Hordley was a shoulder to cry on when opening up about her fertility struggles.

Sharon, 50, candidly spoke about her IVF treatments and her difficulties of falling pregnant while on the show on Thursday 4 November.

Discussing the matter with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, Sharon explained that she previously kept her struggles to herself until she had a few drinks at the NTAs, and ended up speaking to Jeff about it all.

Sharon said: “One of the best things I did you know what we’re like at the NTAs, we all get absolutely hanging hammered, you all went off one way and I went off to join the Emmerdale guys.

“I ended up sobbing on Cain Dingle’s shoulder I’m so sorry Jeff at two o’clock in the morning, he doesn’t drink, and I told everybody. I told everyone what I’d be going through and it was like a torrent had been released.”

“I suddenly started telling people,” Sharon continued, “And they were so wonderful.”

Sharon welled up in the extremely emotional interview,and told Holly and Phil that her fertility problems left her feeling “embarrassed”.

Explaining why she didn’t tell people sooner, she said: “I hid it, I'm not sure why. I think I felt embarrassed. I think I felt that I wasn't innately woman, which is a ridiculous way to think because this is something you should do naturally.

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"I felt almost stupid. I wasn't telling people at work, which was leading to problems because you're having to go off for scans and injections and things.

"I would suddenly not be available for meetings, not telling bosses, withdrawing from people, from my friends, not saying why I suddenly wasn't coming out or wanting to talk."

Sharon’s struggles weren’t in vain, however, and she and her husband Paul Fletcherwelcomed their daughter Betsy in 2018.

The soap expert has since encouraged other women going through the same as her to open up to their loved ones, and described them as “warriors”.

She said: "But that's what I wanted to say, looking back and anyone who is going through this you should be so proud of yourself.

"Because you are working so hard and doing all this stuff. You are working and fighting, you're a warrior."

"I say that when people come to me and talk about it. I see this sort of pain in their eyes and I say, 'Please be proud of yourself, please realise what you're doing is amazing, you are amazing'," Sharon added.

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