Published On: Fri, Apr 30th, 2021

Danielle Lloyd considered ‘taking her own life’ while struggling with anxiety

Danielle Lloyd has admitted she considered ‘taking her own life’ when she struggled with anxiety and turned to substance abuse.

The former glamour model, 37, spoke candidly on the Ladies of Liverpool podcast on Thursday, saying it ‘wasn’t a nice thing to go through’ but claimed she was lucky as her mother Jackie helped get her the support she needed.

Danielle reflected on being in the spotlight from a young age, saying: ‘There’s a dark side to being in the public eye and its not great.

Candid: Danielle Lloyd (pictured in 2019) admitted on a podcast on Thursday that she thought of ‘taking her own life’ when she turned to substance abuse while struggling with anxiety

‘I’ve suffered with anxiety all my life, and people always grab at me and you’re just getting pulled from pillar to post. 

‘It was just this false life, I really badly suffered with anxiety and people didn’t know that. When I went onto the camera I’d put on this happy face and people would think I was alright.

‘But, when I got home I’d cry myself to sleep because of the trolls, or I wouldn’t understand why I went to an event and that person didn’t speak to me.’

Honest: Danielle reflected on having a life in the spotlight from a young age, saying: 'There's a dark side to being in the public eye' (pictured on Loose Women in June last year)

Honest: Danielle reflected on having a life in the spotlight from a young age, saying: ‘There’s a dark side to being in the public eye’ (pictured on Loose Women in June last year)

She went on: ‘Pathetic little things that when you get older you don’t care about, you know what I mean?

‘But they’d affect me all the time, and I was drinking a lot, I got involved with drink and drugs.

‘It got so bad that I did think about taking my own life and luckily enough I picked up the phone and I was able to speak to my mum, and they got me the help that I needed.

‘So, I think it’s so important to speak about things like this. It wasn’t a nice thing in my life to go through, but I have got that platform to say it’s okay to not be okay.’

Struggle: Danielle said she 'suffered with anxiety all my life' and explained that she turned to drink and drugs and 'it got so bad that I did think about taking my own life'

Struggle: Danielle said she ‘suffered with anxiety all my life’ and explained that she turned to drink and drugs and ‘it got so bad that I did think about taking my own life’

In 2017, Danielle revealed she suffered from anxiety and depression when she hit out at critics who had mocked her claims of regular panic attacks after ex-husband Jamie O’Hara entered the Celebrity Big Brother house.

She responded angrily to one fan on Twitter who sarcastically described her as a ‘woman on the edge’ alongside a picture of Danielle on a night out.

‘Yes, but I still have three children to take to school and feed!!!’ she replied. ‘I’ve got depression and anxiety but I have to be strong for them!!!’   

She told The Sun on Sunday at the time: ‘Some are really vile, calling me a s**g and all sorts of swear words.’

‘I’m suffering from panic attacks and now I only go out when I have to because I’m frightened someone will recognise me and have a go.’ 

After her interview, a representative for Danielle told MailOnline: ‘It’s taken an enormous amount of courage for Danielle to open up about her anxiety.

‘She’s grateful for all the support she’s received on social media, and of course from friends and family.’ 

Upset: In 2017, Danielle revealed she suffered from anxiety and depression when she hit out at critics who mocked her after ex-husband Jamie O'Hara starred in Celebrity Big Brother (pictured in 2010)

Upset: In 2017, Danielle revealed she suffered from anxiety and depression when she hit out at critics who mocked her after ex-husband Jamie O’Hara starred in Celebrity Big Brother (pictured in 2010)

The star, who has three children with Jamie – Archie, ten; Harry, nine, and George, seven – was granted a divorce from him in December 2014 on the grounds of adultery, after he was alleged to have cheated following a night out. 

Danielle married electrician Michael O’Neill in 2019, and they share baby boy Ronnie who she gave birth to in September 2017.

If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.

Danielle has three children with Jamie, Archie, ten; Harry, nine, and George, seven, and she and husband Michael O'Neill (R) share baby boy Ronnie, three

Danielle has three children with Jamie, Archie, ten; Harry, nine, and George, seven, and she and husband Michael O’Neill (R) share baby boy Ronnie, three

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