Miquita Oliver reveals 'shame' at going bankrupt in her 20s and moving back home

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Miquita Oliver was forced to move back in with her mother age 28 after experiencing financial difficulties. (Getty Images)
Miquita Oliver was forced to move back in with her mother age 28 after experiencing financial difficulties. (Getty Images)

Miquita Oliver has opened up about feeling "ashamed" when she was declared bankrupt in her late 20s.

The TV star was 28 when she was forced to move back home with her mum in 2011 after a £170,000 unpaid tax bill.

Speaking, now aged 38, to The Sunday Times' magazine, the broadcaster recalled how she had been "running wild" as her presenting career flourished.

She said: "What goes up must come down, though, and after having the most incredible time, one day I was declared bankrupt and had to move into my mum’s spare bedroom.

The TV star feared she had brought
The TV star feared she had brought "shame" on mother Andi Oliver. (Getty Images)

"I was so ashamed and felt like I had brought shame on her too.

"I think, though, she’s actually prouder of me for coming through that and rebuilding my life."

Oliver rose to fame as the co-host of Channel 4's Popworld from 2001 to 2006, and then went on to present on T4 from 2006 to 2010.

Of that time, she said: "I suddenly became very well known, which I navigated as a teenager on my own at first, and then my best friend, Lily [Allen], became the biggest pop star in the world."

Her flourishing career coincided with friend Lily Allen's rise to global fame (pictured together in 2006). (Getty Images)
Her flourishing career coincided with friend Lily Allen's rise to global fame (pictured together in 2006). (Getty Images)

Oliver added: "We worked hard but we wanted to party. It was a very intense, weird way to live your twenties."

She recently hosted the BBC show The Caribbean with Andi and Miquita with her mother, the chef and broadcaster Andi Oliver.

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In May, the star spoke to OK! about becoming burnt out by the age of 26, and then experiencing financial difficulties.

She said: "I lost everything but it was a real lesson in surrendering to a moment and being humbled, and then having to pick yourself back up and live differently."

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