I am concerned my loner stepdaughter will turn into a ‘mad cat lady’ – The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: WHEN my stepdaughter is not at work she is in her room on her tablet. She is such a loner.

She is 24. She’s a lovely girl but she didn’t want to go out socialising even when that was still possible before lockdown and she has no real friends.

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We have asked her about boyfriends but she says she is unsure of her sexuality. That makes no difference to us, we just want her to be happy.

She had a tough time when my wife went from one abusive marriage to the next but then she met me, and I hate violence.

I have two grown-up sons and my stepdaughter gets on well with them but they live on the other side of the country.

I love my stepdaughter and I’m so worried the shutdown is going to make her even more of a recluse.

I’m concerned she’ll turn into a “mad cat lady” when she’s older.

DEIDRE SAYS: If she saw her mum having a tough time with partners when she was young, she may have a deep fear of getting into a relationship.

Don’t try to force her to confront if she feels happy the way she is. People aren’t easily “fixed”.

Her mum is the best person to discuss with her whether she would like to explore the after-effects of her childhood.

If she is concerned about her sexuality, she can find support through Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline (switchboard.lgbt, 0300 330 0630).

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