A Place In The Sun’s Jasmine Harman felt ‘ashamed of mum’ after tragedy led to hoarding

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A Place In The Sun presenter Jasmine Harman, 45, has spoken candidly about dealing with her mother’s hoarding disorder. The property expert has previously addressed her mum, Vasoulla Harman’s “chronic hoarding” problems, detailing the experience in a BBC One documentary titled My Hoarder Mum and Me, which aired over a decade ago. However, for the first time, Jasmine has opened up on the tragic family history that led to her mother developing the disorder, which Jasmine admits to being “ashamed” of while growing up.

I have spent much of my life feeling ashamed and embarrassed

Jasmine Harman

The Channel 4 favourite presenter revealed that she grew up hiding her mother’s hoarding condition and living in fear of people finding out.

However, she has now recognised the tragic family history which triggered her mum’s condition.

Speaking to The Sun about her mum’s hoarding, the Channel 4 presenter said: “I have spent much of my life feeling ashamed and embarrassed, but it is nothing to be ashamed of.”

Jasmine went on to reveal that she didn’t fully understand the disorder at first, thinking it was something that was “controllable.”

“I thought it was a lifestyle choice. I thought it was controllable,” she honestly admitted.

However, ever since her mum sought help from a therapist to understand her desire to hoard her personal items, Jasmine now understands the full extent of the condition.

“I now know it’s not a lifestyle choice. My mum isn’t lazy. She can’t help it,” she said.

Vasoulla added: “It was a trauma and it triggered me to want safety and security.

“Almost all cases of hoarding disorder can be connected to a trauma or loss.”

The TV presenter’s mum is now seeking help for her disorder, which the mother and daughter duo believe was triggered by the murder of Jasmine’s maternal grandfather, Evangelos, at the age of 32.

Vasoulla and her mother – Jasmine’s grandmother – fled Cyprus following the death of Evangelos.

Jasmine’s grandfather was shot during a time of political unrest between the left and right sides of Cyprus.

Evangelos was admitted to hospital but heartbreakingly died after two weeks.

No one was charged with his murder.

Last month, the TV star took the opportunity to update viewers on her mother’s progress with the disorder, as she confessed it still is a “massive struggle”.

In view of her 74,900 followers, Jasmine shared an update on her mum’s condition and admitted she is “proud” of how far Vasoulla has come on her journey.

The property expert wrote: “Mum is doing well. It is still a massive struggle to overcome the hoarding, but she is working on it and has so much more insight. I’m so proud of her.”

It comes after Jasmine, who is also the founder of Help4Hoarders, launched a new website to assist people and their families who struggle with the condition.

Despite initially keeping her mother’s condition a secret, the star added that she’s thankful it led to her being “driven and ambitious” today.

A Place In The Sun is on weekdays, Channel 4 at 3pm.

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