34 Years BBC's Steph McGovern, is Still Single or Married? 4 Partners in Profession
The veteran English financial journalist, Stephanie Mc. Govern, who slapped BBC in 2018 for paying based on the poshness, have been embroiled in controversies from false pregnancy to pig accusations.
The team of BBC Breakfast is more like a family, filled with love and occasional demonstration of hatred. Let’s just take Stephanie Mc. Govern for example. She shares a complicated relationship with some of her co-hosts.
Today, we will also answer all of the questions related to her personal life, also attached to the report her relationship with all her co-hosts and her dating life.
Sour Relationship With Partner
McGovern is definitely not short on girlfriends as she hosts the show with four other fellow female co-hosts. She seems to bond well with Louise Minchin, Naga Munchetty, and Sally Nugent. Her friendship with Carol Kirkwood has been somewhat sour, though.
You do remember their little dispute on TV in February 2016, don't you?
BBC Business and Stand in presenter compares Carol's feet to pigs in Feb 2016 (Photo: Self)
It happened when the hosts were watching a video of McGovern reporting in Boroughbridge located in North Yorkshire. She happened to be in a barn full of pigs, and as she started to move, few of the pigs began to nibble at her shoes.
The stand-in business presenter tried to shake them off by running in circles, but the pigs kept on following her. So in jest, she cheekily referred to just how similar the pigs were to Kirkwood.
“This reminds me of when you’ve got a packet of biscuits in your pocket, and you see Carol Kirkwood.”
Even the Scottish weather presenter, Carol Kirkwood herself burst into laughter. But they later concluded this matter without making a major issue out of it. To further prove the point to the viewers, they later settled the matters while in the show accepting the request of Dan Walker, another co-host:
You must remember that moment in 2013 when these two participated in ‘UK Wife Carrying Race.' Unlike the name, one did not have to be husband and wife to join in that race. So, they participated in the competition, but with a slight twist. It was McGovern who carried Bushell.
BBC experienced financial journalist Steph McGovern and Mike Bushell participating in the annual wife-carrying race (Published: Mar 31, 2013 )
They had rehearsed for the competition in the sets of BBC Breakfast earlier.
Was Steph McGovern Pregnant?
The co-host for the show BBC Breakfast, Steph has made many close friends at BBC. She has also covered some exciting news during her career, but the gorgeous 35-year-old has managed to land herself in quite a few. The most recent one includes the stories of her false pregnancy in 2018.
The viewers assumed that she was pregnant and took on to social media to congratulate her while she was discussing the collapse of British firm Carilion.Unlike others, Steph gave a hilarious response in an interview with Mail Online, stating,
"I am not with child, I am with a pot belly. I'd definitely be in the wrong job if I got offended by comments like that. Even my own auntie asked me once if I was pregnant after seeing me on the telly - that's just life on camera.
Further adding a humorous touch to her response, she said,
I just decided to tweet a reply about it today because I'd had a run of a few celebratory tweets and I wanted to clarify I wasn't and get in there before my boss started arranging my maternity cover. It's a pot belly, not a baby. Although I'm thinking about naming mine now after all the attention it's getting."
The former engineering scholar may have put the pregnancy rumors aside, but she still has not revealed anything about her love life, let alone talking about her husband or partner. She hasn't been spotted publicly with a boyfriend or a partner till this date. Honestly, we don't know the answer to the question. She probably likes to keep her personal life private, and only she can clear her relationship status to the public.
But it does not mean that she is a lovely lady. She has colleagues to provide her with all the required company.
Steph McGovern Faces Discrimination:
Social discrimination and viewer displeasure due to the reporter's individual characters are not unheard of, and Steph is a victim of such discrimination. The North Yorkshire native talked openly about the class discrimination in wage based on poshness with the Sunday Times.
In a conversation with the Sunday Times in February 2018, Steph said that class was also an essential factor while talking about the pay gap. She said,
"Throughout my career I've had to argue about [pay]. It's not as simple as a gender issue, it's partly down to class.We concentrate too much on ethnic diversity and not enough on class.It's dead important to represent loads of different cultures. But what the BBC doesn't do enough of is thinking about getting people from more working-class backgrounds. It's just posh. There are a lot of women who do a similar job to me who are paid a hell of a lot more... who are a lot posher than me."
The Middlesbrough-born also revealed that her salary went to six figures after the recent BBC pay gap row.
Also in July 2013, the 35-year-old reporter had shared how people asked the network to take her off air due to her accent. She claimed that she received a letter to get 'correction therapy' to correct her accent.
The reporter revealed about the discrimination she received in the media business saying,
“Despite being a business journalist at the BBC for 10 years, working behind the scenes on our high-profile news programmes, I was viewed by some in the organisation to be ‘too common for telly. I remember at the end of one BBC job interview being told by the manager ‘I didn’t realise people like you were clever’. Sad, but true.”
The daughter of a teacher and radiographer, Steph also received multiple letters citing their impression of her accent and sexuality, one of the senders even mailed her £20 to get a correction therapy.
"I even got one letter that politely said ‘Dear Ms McGovern, I watched you on BBC Breakfast. 'I’m sorry about your terrible affliction. Here’s £20 towards correction therapy’. The affliction they were talking about was my accent!”
But the journalist stood her ground defying all criticism and said that she credited her past for her solid determination. The Middleborough native fondly talked about her origins saying,
Growing up in Middlesbrough I was taught to be resilient and competitive. My teachers made us believe that just because kids were at private school up the road, it didn’t mean they were better than us. I learned we were all the same. Just because their mams and dads had loads of money, it didn’t make a difference." The BBC bosses who put me on air have always said they love my accent. My editor Alison Ford was a big inspiration and she died of cancer two weeks ago. She put me on telly and she had other BBC managers say ‘Is she not too common for telly?’ But Alison fought for me.
The Tv personality confessed that she received positive reviews about her work but always got put off by the negative ones, citing her experience of meeting a random woman on the street who called her out on her accident and asserted that she hated Steph's accent and that she couldn't believe she was on Television. However, Steph insisted that she always looked on the bright side of things.
I ended up laughing because I thought, ‘this person doesn’t know me but she felt she could come up and slate my accent’. Now if she had criticised my content and said I didn’t know what I was talking about I would have been upset, but she had judged me on my voice, which was ridiculous.
The BBC presenter also talked about her experience with other negative viewers, especially with those who send the emails which suggested her to receive therapy for her 'ailment,' citing her accent as an illness. Some emails also advised her to go back to her council estate.
Naturally, she didn't mind them, but she confessed that she was surprised that people created such controversy and drama over accent in the current age of mutual acceptance.
For the 35-year-old reporter who was born in 1982, not much seems to be going in her personal life other than her job.
Good Human Being
The former Champion Irish dancer is not just a great journalist but also an exceptional human being. She has been involved in multiple human welfare activities out of which most notable ones include her presentation of the Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards. She was an important part of the event that celebrated the social work and other efforts of youngsters. It looked like Steph had a blast there according to the Twitter picture below.
There were multiple children like Freddie McDonald in the event who managed to raise £65,000 after being diagnosed with Alagille Syndrome and 14 years old, Ella Marsden who ran 10 km every year after reaching the appropriate age.