Mrs. Brown's Brendan O'Carroll says losing two sisters and a sister in law in a year was tough

 The show star and creator tried to keep in mind that somebody was always having it worse than he was while dealing with his grief in America with his wife Jennifer Gibney



Brendan O'Carroll, wife Jenny & guests at The Late Late Show, RTE, Dublin, Ireland - 20.11.15.



Brendan O'Carroll has said losing two sisters and a sister in law in the space of 12 months was tough.

The Mrs. Brown's Boys star and show creator was based in Florida during the pandemic, meaning he was isolated from his wider family while he dealt with his grief and came to terms with the deaths.

Brendan's sister Fiona sadly passed away at the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. He lost another sister in January 2021, his eldest sister Maureen, his mother’s namesake, and sister-in-law Ann died the following month.

He told RSVP Magazine: "First of all, I tried to stay in touch with everyone as best as I could.

"On the other hand, I always tried to keep in mind that somebody was always having it worse than I was."

He added: "And I know a lot of people who had it worse than us. But losing two sisters and a sister in law was tough and God is good."

Brendan said the restrictions in America are not as strict as Ireland but he and his wife Jenny used personal responsibility.

He said: "What restrictions? If you don't turn on the news, you wouldn’t know there was a pandemic happening. We stayed in our own bubble.

"Whatever about mandates and rules, you have to take personal responsibility.

"You have to take it on yourself and you have to do what’s good for you and good for your family."

His wife Jenny added: "It was really scary, actually. We kept ourselves very safe because we wanted to get home to our families.

"There were times where we were the only ones wearing masks in the supermarket.

"We did what we had to do to remain safe. I didn’t want anyone to get sick because of something I did."

It is a strange time in America and there has been a lot of unrest in the political world over the last few years.

Jenny said: "It is a very divided country."

Brendan explained: "It is very polarised at the moment. Having said that, America has always been polarised. People have to understand, particularly in Europe, that Europe is 2,000 years old and America is only 300 years old.

"You are also dealing with 50 different states there and it is a huge experiment.

"Sometimes you get an experiment right and sometimes you get it wrong. Right now, we’re going through a time where it’s going wrong.

"But I believe in America, I believe in it big time, and I wouldn’t live there if I didn’t."



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