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'so young' Lucy Kennedy says she had regular health checks after deaths of Jade Goody and Sarah Harding

'Poor Sarah, again. It was a few years later I lived with her. Young women.'

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Presenter Lucy Kennedy Pic: Brian McEvoy

Presenter Lucy Kennedy Pic: Brian McEvoy

Presenter Lucy Kennedy Pic: Brian McEvoy

LUCY Kennedy had regular medical check-ups after the untimely deaths of two young female celebrities she's shared homes with for her popular TV series.

Four of the presenter's guests on Living with Lucy have passed away over the last number of years, including Brendan Grace and David Gest.

But the deaths of Sarah Harding and Jade Goody shook her the most.

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Lucy and David Gest

Lucy and David Gest

Lucy and David Gest

Jade (27) died from cervical cancer in 2009, while Sarah (39), who had breast cancer, died last September.

"They were both so young," said Lucy (45). "I lived with Jade Goody six months before she was diagnosed. I remember I was talking to her about going into the Big Brother house in India and she asked my advice and I said 'actually I wouldn't'. She went into the house and that's where she found out she had the cancer."

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Lucy Kennedy with her children Jack and Holly. Pic Brian McEvoy No Repro fee for one use

Lucy Kennedy with her children Jack and Holly. Pic Brian McEvoy No Repro fee for one use

Lucy Kennedy with her children Jack and Holly. Pic Brian McEvoy No Repro fee for one use

She adds: "Poor Sarah, again. It was a few years later I lived with her. Young women. It's so strange. I don't know why, but I always assume that when it's someone who's well known they can get the best treatment and have access to the best surgeons - and miracles can happen. But the sad reality is, it doesn't matter who you are or what you have, that, unfortunately, sometimes cancer just wins."

Lucy is a mother of three young children, two girls and a boy ranging from five to 12.

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Lucy and Jade Goody

Lucy and Jade Goody

Lucy and Jade Goody

"I would be very health conscious and do all the checks. I have young children so it's never too far from my mind, so I am very good," she says.

"I think with Jade Goody, what happened to her got a lot of us thinking along the right line - which is go for regular checks, so you just don't know do you?"

Lucy lives with her husband Richard Governey, their kids and a pet rescue dog in Dun Laoghaire.

Given the time of year with fitness to the fore after the festive celebrations, Lucy says her hectic lifestyle helps keep her trim.

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"Running around, stress, three children and a dog," she smiles. "Truthfully I'd say my weight goes up six pounds either side. If I'm working a lot I lose weight. Like now I'm squirrel stage, where I had been stocking up for Christmas. So now I've put on a couple of pounds. To be honest, with small children and a dog, a big dog that needs to be walked, I just kind of think I need to keep active."

Lucy presents a regular radio show on Nova and admits she "loved" the various lockdowns.

"I really just took to the whole idea of being at home and relaxing," she says. "Not have to make an effort, not having to wear a bra. Not having to go to events I don't want to go to. Family time. I just loved the whole thing. The only thing I despised was home-schooling.

"It was just very stressful, because ours are obviously three different ages. At the time I was on Radio Nova. I had like a studio in the dining room of the rented house we were in [before a recent move to her new home].

"So I was literally live on air kind of doing homework and going 'oh God'. So that element I found hard, but I didn't mind.

"By the time the second lockdown hit, the novelty had kind of worn off. But the first one I was fine, the second one 'yeah it's a bit annoying'. I don't know what's going to happen throughout January, like everyone I'm just dreading a potential surge."

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Lucy with Brendan Grace

Lucy with Brendan Grace

Lucy with Brendan Grace

Lucy loves yoga and walking, while she's currently writing her fourth children's book.

The Dubliner also likes to binge watch TV shows, including The Crown and the new series of Tiger King, while she is a fan of Room To Improve and The Late Late Show.

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Lucy and Sarah Harding

Lucy and Sarah Harding

Lucy and Sarah Harding

She has a wish list of several celebrities she'd like to take part in the next series of Living with Lucy.

"Piers Morgan, I've so many questions to ask him," she says. "I think he would be a brilliant guest on so many levels. I'd love to live with Sinead O'Connor. I've no interest in the Tom Cruises or Julia Roberts, as much as I admire [them].

"I love the more kind of nitty-gritty everyday celebrity that we all kind of know. I'd love Anne Doyle, I think she'd be great craic. Enda Kenny, I think he would be brilliant. There's loads of Irish names and Irish names rate the best, because we like to see our own."

Lucy is taking part in the Heineken 0:0 campaign during 'dry January', although she concedes she's partial to a tipple.

"I love drinking. I love wine. I love red wine, white wine. I have the odd beer," she confesses. "When Heineken approached I said 'yes' because like most people I have Heineken Zero in the fridge, because it tastes like the original."

She claims a recent survey revealed 70 per cent of adults will try to stay off the booze this month and says Heineken 0:0 would fill a gap.

"I think it's just good to have the option. There are times when you are driving and you can't drink and you just fancy a beer without the hangover and without the alcohol."

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