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Fearne Cotton has bravely spoken about her mental health and how it led to her making difficult decisions about her career.
The accomplished TV star, who rose to fame aged 15 on GMTV children's programme The Disney Club, shared candidly during an appearance on Angela Scanlon's podcast, Thanks A Million.
Mother-of-two Fearne, 39, explained that she left her promising jobs at Radio 1 and Celebrity Juice as her depression and anxiety became too much.
The host added that despite having "no work at all" when she handed in her notice to her BBC DJ job, the decision was "worth the jump" in a bid to protect her wellness.
"[Depression] is a chapter that I often in my work talk around, but not really about it because there's so much of it that I'm still processing and still have a bit of a hangover with," she explained.
Fearne Cotton has shared how her mental health led to her quitting her jobs on Radio 1 and Celebrity Juice
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"A lot of my work has come from that area of my life where I fell into a pretty big hole of depression and not much around me seemed to make sense."
Opening up on the loneliness she felt, Fearne added: "I felt very isolated and very alone in my experience. It was long before I even dared use the word depression…"
And frankly explaining how she now likes being open about her struggles, she continued: "Now, it's an everyday part of my life, whether it's friends who know that I'll open up about it or mostly in my work. Before this point, I would never have dared talk about my mental health. I don't think I even knew what that was.
"Obviously, by default, I felt very alone in that due to the fact that I hadn't had those conversations. There are a few things I'm still working on from that time. One of them is confidence because I totally lost it when I didn't have any at all, which has really hindered me in my work life and somewhat in my personal life…"
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Sharing on how depression led to her leaving her radio role and part on Celebrity Juice, that she appeared on from 2008-2018, Fearne told Angela: "There are a few things I’m still working on from that time. One of them is confidence because I totally lost it when I didn’t have any at all, which has really hindered me in my work life and somewhat in my personal life…
"My working life, I really lost confidence… I literally couldn’t put myself out there in the way that I used to."
Reflecting back on her time on Radio 1 and how she enjoyed being at the helm of the iconic station, she added: "Honestly, when I did my Radio 1 show, it was just a joy. Towards the end of it, there was perhaps some stuff going on for me but, really, for the majority of my Radio 1 career, it did feel easier, I guess."
Fearne told: "I left Radio 1 and I was about to have my daughter, Honey, my second child. I had no work at all. None. Zero jobs. I had no safety net. I think I was sort of busy dealing with that. And then all of the other stuff sort of came later, really.
"But it was worth the jump. I think having a bit of a break or a bit of stillness is no bad thing. And it's where you start to potentially have ideas and to just think of life in a new way."
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Fearne also spoke on why she stopped standing in for Zoe Ball on the radio as she added: "I'm like the biggest Zoe Ball fan, I have been since I was a teenager, so then to cover for her show was just like the biggest honour ever.
"'And I loved it, I did it for about a year, and it was amazing. And then I had to have a really honest conversation with lovely Helen at Radio 2 and just say, 'I don't sleep at all the night before. And I do the show for sometimes two weeks plus and it's going to make me ill.'
Revealing how it led to her crying her eyes out deciding to step down, Fearne said: "You know, I just think you have to look at your health, which is the most important thing we have…I cried my eyes out making that decision like I bawled my eyes out because I didn't want to not do it. But I think sometimes we have to honour what our bodies are telling us."
*You can listen to the full interview with Fearne Cotton on Thanks A Million with Angela Scanlon.