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Caroline Flack reveals her battle with depression started the day after she won Strictly



Caroline Flack reveals she started suffering from DEPRESSION the day after winning Strictly, how she took pills after suffering panic attacks on X Factor and hints she will get back together with ex-fiance Andrew Brady

By Jessica Green For Mailonline

Published: 21:31 EST, 8 December 2018 | Updated: 21:39 EST, 8 December 2018

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Caroline Flack has opened up about her year-long battle with depression - which she says started the day after her Strictly Come Dancing win in 2014.

The Love Island host, 39, explained how she felt ‘ridiculous’ having such thoughts after being crowned champion of one of the BBC One hit show, and confessed that antidepressants were what got her out of bed in the morning.

Speaking to the Sun, Caroline said: ‘It all started the day after I won Strictly. I couldn’t get up and just couldn’t pick myself up at all that next year. I felt ridiculous, being so sad when I’d just won the biggest show on telly and had such an amazing job.’

Struggles: Caroline Flack has opened up about her year-long battle with depression - which she says started the day after her Strictly Come Dancing win in 2014
Struggles: Caroline Flack has opened up about her year-long battle with depression - which she says started the day after her Strictly Come Dancing win in 2014

Struggles: Caroline Flack has opened up about her year-long battle with depression - which she says started the day after her Strictly Come Dancing win in 2014

The TV presenter also revealed that she felt like a ‘joke’ during her stint presenting the X Factor alongside Olly Murs, 34, in 2015, and would often end up in tears backstage.

She recalled: ‘I was embarrassed about everything. I felt like a bit of a joke. We were getting slammed week in, week out and we couldn’t do anything right. I could have walked on water one week and.. people would have gone, “But where’s Dermot?”.’

Caroline visited her doctor following a panic attack in her X Factor dressing room and was prescribed citalopram, a type of antidepressant, but didn’t tell any of her friends or family, or her boss Simon Cowell.

Heartbreak: The TV presenter recently split from fiancé Andrew Brady, 28, once again after a string of break-ups and make-ups
Heartbreak: The TV presenter recently split from fiancé Andrew Brady, 28, once again after a string of break-ups and make-ups

Heartbreak: The TV presenter recently split from fiancé Andrew Brady, 28, once again after a string of break-ups and make-ups

Winner: The Love Island host, 39, explained how she felt ‘ridiculous’ having depressive thoughts after being crowned champion of one of the BBC One hit show (pictured in 2014)
Winner: The Love Island host, 39, explained how she felt ‘ridiculous’ having depressive thoughts after being crowned champion of one of the BBC One hit show (pictured in 2014)

Winner: The Love Island host, 39, explained how she felt ‘ridiculous’ having depressive thoughts after being crowned champion of one of the BBC One hit show (pictured in 2014)

The star stopped taking them after six months as she realised she had become ‘a little too reliant on them’.

To combat her need for them, Caroline eventually went on a juice retreat in the Mediterranean to get the pills out of her system.

Thankfully, the hostess is now back on top form, feeling happy and healthy, with 2019 looking to be her busiest year to date.

Troubles: Caroline also revealed that she felt like a ‘joke’ during her stint presenting the X Factor alongside Olly Murs, 34, in 2015, and would often end up in tears backstage
Troubles: Caroline also revealed that she felt like a ‘joke’ during her stint presenting the X Factor alongside Olly Murs, 34, in 2015, and would often end up in tears backstage

Troubles: Caroline also revealed that she felt like a ‘joke’ during her stint presenting the X Factor alongside Olly Murs, 34, in 2015, and would often end up in tears backstage

Caroline will be returning to our TV screens in Strictly Come Dancing’s festive special, Love Island’s Christmas show and is about to make her West End debut as Roxie Hart in Chicago.

Aside from her career, the TV presenter recently split from fiancé Andrew Brady, 28, once again after a string of break-ups and make-ups.

Caroline first got together with the reality star in January, with the pair announcing their engagement in April after a whirlwind romance.

Back to her best: Caroline will be returning to our TV screens in Strictly Come Dancing’s festive special, Love Island’s Christmas show and is about to make her West End debut in Chicago
Back to her best: Caroline will be returning to our TV screens in Strictly Come Dancing’s festive special, Love Island’s Christmas show and is about to make her West End debut in Chicago

Back to her best: Caroline will be returning to our TV screens in Strictly Come Dancing’s festive special, Love Island’s Christmas show and is about to make her West End debut in Chicago

But as well as a heated argument on holiday in Portugal in the autumn, last month the pair had a row which resulted in Andrew prank-calling an ambulance.

Yet Caroline has said they had a ‘raw love’ and need to be happy in themselves ‘before we can be together’.

She told the publication: 'We have a very passionate, raw love but at the minute we just need to look after ourselves. We need to be happy in ourselves before we can be together, I think — and that’s what we’re doing. I think we want the best for each other.’ 

History: Caroline has said her and Andrew had a ‘raw love’ and need to be happy in themselves ‘before we can be together’
History: Caroline has said her and Andrew had a ‘raw love’ and need to be happy in themselves ‘before we can be together’

History: Caroline has said her and Andrew had a ‘raw love’ and need to be happy in themselves ‘before we can be together’

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