It is a devastating reality that there are people out there who struggle with the festive season every year. And it doesn't matter who you are, as Home Alone 2 star Brenda Fricker has shown us.

Keep scrolling to learn more about this heartbreaking story...

The festive season is a time for family and friends to be together.

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Christmas really wouldn't be Christmas without the company of our most loved ones now, would it?

It is a time of giving and sharing...

But sadly, not everyone is able to enjoy this special holiday.

The festive season isn't always a happy time.

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According to an Age UK report released last year, Christmas is the loneliest time of the year for more than 1.5 million elderly people.

And it seems one famous face has opened up about her struggles surrounding the festive season.

And it's utterly heartwrenching.

Brenda Fricker is a seventy-five-year-old actress who spent 6 decades on stage.

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Spanning a successful career, Brenda starred in The Field,  So I Married An Axe Murderer, Angels in the Outfield, A Time to Kill, Veronica Guerin, Inside I'm Dancing, and Albert Nobb.

And, of course, what she is most known for...

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Brenda played the "pigeon lady" in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.

Fricker has previously won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress whilst being nominated for the likes of a Golden Globe.

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Though her career came to an end back in 2014 when she retired from acting

But, despite being a star of the stage, it seems she struggles to get into the festive spirit, for a huge reason.

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As she honestly revealed while talking about her upcoming holiday plans. After hearing what she had to say, people had some strong reactions...

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The Oscar winner recently appeared on the podcast, The Ray D'Arcy Show.

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Where she discussed the Christmas period and the recent lockdown.

Fricker revealed that the Christmas period "can be very dark" for someone who lives alone, just like she does.

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While explaining that she has spent past Christmas holidays alone, she said, "I would be lying if I said that it would be a nice and happy Christmas because ... I'm old and I live alone."

"It can be very dark."

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She went on to explain what she does when spending the day alone, "I just turn the phone off and put the blinds down."

"I do pre-record some good programs, and I have my dog and I get myself through it that way," she added.

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"I don't want to be sounding kind of negative but it is a different kind of Christmas, that's all."

Despite the struggles that Christmas brings, Fricker revealed that Christmas isn't actually the hardest holiday.

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New Year's Eve is in fact the toughest one for her to spend alone.

She explained to host, Ray D'Arcy, that there's "no one to turn around to hug or smile at" when her local church bells ring.

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"I can't get away from the bells."

D'Arcy went on to point out the "irony" of so many families watching her at Christmas, while she spends it alone.

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To which Fricker responded, "Well, the pigeon lady was very much on her own."

No one likes to think of anyone as lonely.

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Especially, during the Christmas period.

So make sure to reach out to your friends and family this year, even if it is just a phone call.

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