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Frankie Bridge felt she was living a ‘lie’ for not sharing her depression diagnosis sooner

Frankie Bridge has admitted that her 2012 hospitalisation was a ‘God-send’ when battling depression as it allowed her time to ‘check in’ with her diagnosis.

The Saturdays singer, who was forced to take a hiatus from the band at the time, said that while she relishes using her voice to raise awareness now, she initially feared becoming the ‘poster girl for depression’.

The 30-year-old, who is currently writing her first book Open, appeared on the podcast Verified Views amid Mental Health Awareness Week and reflected on how far she’s come seven years on.

Brave: Frankie Bridge has admitted that her 2012 hospitalisation was a 'God-send' when battling depression as it allowed her time to 'check in' with her diagnosis

Brave: Frankie Bridge has admitted that her 2012 hospitalisation was a ‘God-send’ when battling depression as it allowed her time to ‘check in’ with her diagnosis

Explaining how she was ‘born a worrier’, Frankie said: ‘I’ve always had anxiety and I think back when I was really suffering people didn’t know about anxiety and depression.

‘I genuinely believe if that was me now maybe it wouldn’t have escalated into me hospitalised when I was.

Adding: ‘That was kind of a bit of God send for me going into hospital because it just gave me time to check out and check in with myself and to understand what mental health was.

‘You can feel like it controls you and that’s what had happened to me. I felt I had control over it at one point and all of sudden I didn’t. For me, knowledge was the key to understand what’s happening to your body physically when you’re having a panic attack.’

Then: In 2012 she revealed she had been battling depression, after she was forced to take a hiatus from the Saturdays during which she was hospitalised for treatment (Pictured with her band in 2012)

Then: In 2012 she revealed she had been battling depression, after she was forced to take a hiatus from the Saturdays during which she was hospitalised for treatment (Pictured with her band in 2012)

Candid: The Saturdays singer said that while she relishes using her voice to raise awareness now, she initially feared becoming the 'poster girl for depression'

Candid: The Saturdays singer said that while she relishes using her voice to raise awareness now, she initially feared becoming the ‘poster girl for depression’

The Mind ambassador, who explained how her depression is caused by a chemical imbalance, admitted she found it difficult to share that she was on medication for fear of people thinking she was ‘the poster girl for being depressed’. 

Frankie added that she felt she owed it to her fans to share her mental health diagnosis after believing she was living a ‘lie’. 

She continued: ‘The fact that my depression is a chemical imbalance and I’m not just going crazy. To meet other people that are feeling the same and to all be on medication and it’s not this big deal.

‘I think when I came out of hospital I just felt like with the fans of The Saturdays at the time that they deserved to know because I felt like a lie for the last how many years pretending to be this person I thought everyone wanted me to be.

Worry: The Mind ambassador, who explained how her depression is caused by a chemical imbalance, admitted she found it difficult to share that she was on medication for fear of people thinking she was 'the poster girl for being depressed'

Worry: The Mind ambassador, who explained how her depression is caused by a chemical imbalance, admitted she found it difficult to share that she was on medication for fear of people thinking she was ‘the poster girl for being depressed’

Adding: ‘Everyone was so nice about it and really understanding and then I kind of shied away again because I didn’t want to say I was on medication and I didn’t want to be the poster girl for being depressed.’

Reflecting on how far she’s come since her hospitalisation, the Strictly Come Dancing alum said she knows now that discussing her mental health helps so many people and has found it ‘fulfilling’. 

‘Now that I’m a bit older and because of social media I get instant feedback on when I do talk about it,’ she shared. 

Strong: The Strictly Come Dancing alum said she knows now that discussing her mental health helps so many people and has found it 'fulfilling'

Strong: The Strictly Come Dancing alum said she knows now that discussing her mental health helps so many people and has found it ‘fulfilling’

‘I realise how much it is helping people and it’s really nice for me to use my platform for something good instead of just trying to sell a single or whatever. It’s really fulfilling for me.’

Frankie was initially catapulted into the public eye aged 12 as one of S Club Juniors. 

Six years after finding fame with the group, she and fellow S Club Junior bandmate Rochelle Humes joined girlband The Saturdays in 2007.    

Stardom: Frankie was initially catapulted into the public eye aged 12 as one of S Club Juniors (Pictured second from the right in 2002)

Stardom: Frankie was initially catapulted into the public eye aged 12 as one of S Club Juniors (Pictured second from the right in 2002)

Girls: Six years after finding fame with the group, she and fellow S Club Junior bandmate Rochelle Humes joined girlband The Saturdays in 2007 (Pictured L-R: Rochelle Wiseman, Una Healy, Mollie King and Vanessa White in 2012)

Girls: Six years after finding fame with the group, she and fellow S Club Junior bandmate Rochelle Humes joined girlband The Saturdays in 2007 (Pictured L-R: Rochelle Wiseman, Una Healy, Mollie King and Vanessa White in 2012)

In 2012 she revealed she had been battling depression, after she was forced to take a hiatus from the Saturdays during which she was hospitalised for treatment.

The star has previously revealed that said she had been suffering from depression since the age of 15.

In the past, the mother of two, who is married to former footballer Wayne Bridge, 39, said having her children Parker, four, and Carter, two helped her deal with the condition.  

Love: The singer is married to former footballer Wayne Bridge, 39, and have two kids together

Love: The singer is married to former footballer Wayne Bridge, 39, and have two kids together

 

Daily Mail UK

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