Nick Knowles reveals heartbreaking reason he kept long Covid battle a secret from TV bosses

NICK Knowles kept his 10-month long Covid battle a secret in the fear it would stop him getting work.

The DIY SOS star, 59, opened up on Lorraine about his harrowing experience with the coronavirus and how its lasting impacts affect him to this day.

"I didn’t want to tell anyone because I thought I wouldn’t get a booking for work, I kept it to myself," he told Lorraine.

Long Covid is the ongoing symptoms of Covid-19 which can last months after contracting the virus.

Nick said his health had improved now and was not feeling any more long Covid symptoms.

"I had it really bad right at the start of lockdown, and me being impatient, tried to get straight back into exercise directly afterwards," he said.

"There seems to be some suggestion or correlation that actually going too hard at exercise too soon after Covid can actually cause you problems.

"I had what I would describe, and what my doctors would describe, as long Covid for about ten months. Afterwards you just have no energy at all."

Nick added: "But I didn't want to tell anyone because I thought I wouldn't get a booking for work! I kept it to myself."

The DIY star also revealed the impact long Covid had on his work and how he was forced to take regular breaks in order to get his breath back.

"So I'm climbing up big seven storey buildings on ladders and I had to stop every two ladders to go, 'I'm taking in the view'," he said.

"But I managed to get through it. Amazingly, seven or eight months ago I managed to get better and I started on a fitness camp."

Nick started the new routine after gaining four stone during lockdown, after munching  “all the pies” at home, admitting: “I’m massive”.

He told The Mirror: “I’ve made a living by looking like a bag of spanners on TV. I’m 18 stone, I’m massive.

“I’m always on building sites. During lockdown I put on almost four stone. I’ve taken two stone off now and I’m getting fit again.”

Nick was cruelly trolled last year after he appeared in a wet suit for the DIY SOS Children In Need Special.

Asked during a TV interview if the comments upset him, Nick said:"No because the thing is I put on a lot of weight during the first lockdown.

"I couldn't do any training, I was doing a lot of writing, a lot of banana bread and I grew a big beard and stayed in and I wrote a lot.”

Meanwhile Nick — who has fronted DIY SOS for 21 years — landed himself in hot water with executives earlier this year by playing a builder in a commercial for Shreddies.

The big-money deal was at odds with Beeb rules, prompting a major dispute in which he was threatened with the axe.

Fortunately BBC bosses agreed to see keep him on and he recently returned to filming.

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