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Samantha Armytage says she struggles when strangers offer condolences after her mum’s death

Samantha Armytage says she struggles when strangers offer their condolences following her mother’s death – as she shares her experiences of grief with murdered schoolboy Daniel Morcombe’s family

Samantha Armytage has revealed she struggles when strangers offer their condolences following her mother Libby’s tragic death in November.

The former Sunrise host, 44, discussed dealing with grief as she interviewed Denise and Bruce Morcombe, the parents of murdered schoolboy Daniel Morcombe, on her Something To Talk About with Samantha Armytage podcast.

‘When you’re recognised, it takes everything off to a different direction. I lost mum in November, and at the service station people will come up to you when you’re putting fuel in your car and say ‘I’m so sorry about your mum’,’ Samantha said.

‘You’re shaken’: Samantha Armytage, 44, (pictured) has revealed she struggles when strangers offer their condolences following the death of her mother Libby last November 

‘You’re thinking ‘Thank you’, of course it’s lovely, but you’re not in that zone and all of a sudden you’re shaken out of putting fuel in your car and you’re brought there.

‘I’m not comparing what I’ve been through to you at all, but when you’re recognised, and people mean well … it sort of shakes you out of your day to day,’ she explained.

Denise agreed, saying: ‘They don’t really know how I feel. It’s difficult. But we have to smile.’

Candid interview: The former Sunrise host discussed dealing with grief as she interviewed the parents of murdered schoolboy Daniel Morcombe, Denise and Bruce Morcombe (pictured), on her Something To Talk About with Samantha Armytage podcast this Sunday

Candid interview: The former Sunrise host discussed dealing with grief as she interviewed the parents of murdered schoolboy Daniel Morcombe, Denise and Bruce Morcombe (pictured), on her Something To Talk About with Samantha Armytage podcast this Sunday 

Bruce explained how he doesn’t like being approached by strangers when he’s in the restroom or at a restaurant.

‘There’s only two places where it does bother me, and one is when I’m somewhere eating with a knife and fork in my hand, like please, I’m going to poke you with my fork,’ he said.

‘Another one is when I’m in the gents. The boys are just standing there doing their business and then want to shake your hand.’

Back off: 'When you're recognised, it takes everything off to a different direction. I lost mum in November, and at the service station people will come up to you when you're putting fuel in your car and say 'I'm so sorry about your mum'. You're thinking 'Thank you', of course it's lovely, but you're not in that zone,' she said, Pictured: Samantha and her late mother Libby

Back off: ‘When you’re recognised, it takes everything off to a different direction. I lost mum in November, and at the service station people will come up to you when you’re putting fuel in your car and say ‘I’m so sorry about your mum’. You’re thinking ‘Thank you’, of course it’s lovely, but you’re not in that zone,’ she said, Pictured: Samantha and her late mother Libby 

Daniel was 13-year-old when he was abducted in 2003 and murdered by known sex offender Brett Peter Cowan.

Cowan was twice convicted of sex crimes before abducting Daniel from a bus stop.

The Daniel Morcombe foundation was launched in 2005 to educate and protect children and young people from abuse.

Tragedy: Daniel Morcombe was abducted from a bus stop when he was 13-year-old and murdered

Tragedy: Daniel Morcombe was abducted from a bus stop when he was 13-year-old and murdered

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