RHOC’s Tanya Bardsley breaks down over the cost of living despite household income of £ 22k per WEEK

Tanya Bardsley broke down in tears live on Sky News over the cost of living on Monday, as she recalled her former cleaning job and being in a ‘dark place’ over her financial situation.

The Real Housewives Of Cheshire millionaire, 41, is married to professional footballer Phil Bardsley, 36, who rakes in £ 22,500 per week from Premier League club Burnley.

Speaking to Kay Burley, she recalled her poverty-stricken past before finding her big break as a model in the early 2000s.

'I was in such a dark place!'  Tanya Bardsley broke down in tears over the cost of living despite having a household income of £ 22k per WEEK, during a Monday appearance on Sky News

‘I was in such a dark place!’ Tanya Bardsley broke down in tears over the cost of living despite having a household income of £ 22k per WEEK, during a Monday appearance on Sky News

It follows comments from safeguarding minister Rachel Maclean that people should ‘take on more hours’ at work or move to a ‘better paid job’ to protect themselves from cost of living surge.

Hitting back, Tanya said: ‘I was a single mum when I was a cleaner and I remember crying in the car park because I couldn’t afford to buy my daughter anything … it’s actually making me emotional thinking about it.

‘How can she actually say that? When I had the least money, I worked so many hours, so many hours, it’s making me emotional. It’s just she’s obviously not lived that life. ‘

Beginning to shed tears, a surprised Tanya said: ‘I don’t know why I’m crying. It’s just because I know so many people are going through it now.

Tragic: She said: 'I was a single mum when I was a cleaner and I remember crying in the car park because I couldn't afford to buy my daughter anything ...'

Tragic: She said: ‘I was a single mum when I was a cleaner and I remember crying in the car park because I couldn’t afford to buy my daughter anything …’

‘When I went through that, when I was in such a dark place, I just think … “How dare she?” I’m really sorry, I’m really, really sorry.

‘It’s really important and when I was a single mum in that place, there was not the cost of living that there is now, it’s ridiculous, and I’m no Carol Vorderman but all the numbers aren’t adding up.

She said of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: ‘The cost of living and energy prices were going up before the war but now there are all these millions for the weapons. Obviously, I’m with Ukraine. ‘

When asked what she would say to the minister, Tanya replied, ‘I’d want to bottle one. I’d want her to go and live that life, take the money off her, take her wages off her and go and make her get a job. ‘

Couple: The Real Housewives Of Cheshire millionaire, 41, is married to professional footballer Phil Bardsley, 36, who rakes in £ 22,500 per week from Premier League club Burnley

Couple: The Real Housewives Of Cheshire millionaire, 41, is married to professional footballer Phil Bardsley, 36, who rakes in £ 22,500 per week from Premier League club Burnley

Earlier in the day, the politician was slammed for saying people struggling with the cost-of-living crisis should work longer or simply get a better-paid job.

Rachel said that long term the Government wanted people to be able to find better-paid work, or take on extra hours to make more money.

The comments come against a backdrop of soaring inflation, rising energy bills and high prices at the petrol pumps.

In a car crash media round this morning the Home Office minister, who earns a combined salary of £ 106,000, got into a muddle over changes to stop-and-search powers unveiled by the department.

Home Secretary Priti Patel has extended the length of time the extra tough measures can be in force, from 15 to 24 hours. But Rachel stumbled on LBC, suggesting it was 12 hours and blamed a lack of coffee.

Whoops!  It follows comments from safeguarding minister Rachel Maclean that people should 'take on more hours' at work or move to a 'better paid job' to protect themselves from a surge

Whoops! It follows comments from safeguarding minister Rachel Maclean that people should ‘take on more hours’ at work or move to a ‘better paid job’ to protect themselves from a surge

She also appeared to contradict Boris Johnson’s demand that civil servants return to the office, saying those working from home in her department were ‘still delivering’ and not shirking.

Discussing the cost-of-living crisis on Sky News, she said: ‘I think what we need to focus on now is over the long-term.

‘We do have these short-term pressures on us that we’re all aware of. But over the long-term we need to have a plan to grow the economy and make sure that people are able to protect themselves better, whether that is by taking on more hours or moving to a better-paid job.

‘These are long-term actions but that is what we are focused on as a Government.’

Throwback;  She recalled her di lei poverty-stricken past di lei before finding her big break as a model in the early 2000s (pictured in 2003)

Throwback; She recalled her di lei poverty-stricken past di lei before finding her big break as a model in the early 2000s (pictured in 2003)

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