Theresa May has opened up about how Christian faith helped and supported her after the death of her parents and when she realised she couldn't have children.
The Prime Minister, who lost both her parents aged 25, was asked in an interview on LBC Radio whether the shock of that might make her lose her faith.
'I think my faith helped actually,' she said.
'It's difficult to explain in simple words but actually the faith was there and did provide support for me through those difficult times,' she told presenter Nick Ferrari.
She went on to say the loss reinforced her drive towards public service and politics.
'But it was also about the lesson I had learned from my parents again which is what ever circumstances you are in as I said you get on and do your best.
'Things happen, sometimes people face horrendous changes in their life and horrendous tragedies – far beyond what we are talking about for me,' she said.
The Conservative Party leader, who was bought up in a vicarage as the daughter of a Church of England priest, also opened up again about her sadness at not being able to have children.
When asked if she would have been able to juggle her political career with children she said: 'It is impossible to answer the question about how I would have been had I done. It has been very sad it just turned out not to be possible for us.
'Of course we are not the only couple who finds themselves in that situation and when you do I suppose you just get on with life and you know we have got nephews and nieces.'