Frankie Sandford opens up about her depression
Friday 30 March 2012
It was just six months ago that Frankie Sandford took time out of The Saturday's for an undisclosed illness. There were rumours circulating that she was about to leave the band but Frankie has since revealed that she was battling depression.
The gorgeous singer opened up in a revealing interview about her battle with the illness which finally came to a head in October, leading her to be hospitalised.
Speaking honestly, Frankie admitted that she has been battling with depression since the age of 15 - suffering from negative thoughts and panic attacks - and it soon became clear that she needed to seek treatment.
The brunette said: 'One night, I got upset because Wayne hadn't bought the right yoghurts. I manage to convince myself he didn't know me at all.
'It set off this spiral of negative thinking – that if I disappeared, it wouldn’t matter to anyone. In fact, it would make everybody’s life easier. I felt that I was worthless, that I was ugly, that I didn’t deserve anything.'
The singer, who joined S Club Juniors when she was 12, was admitted to hospital in October after suffering from panic attacks on a trip to the cotswolds with her boyfriend.
Talking about her fans, Frankie admitted that she was worried that nobody actually liked her.
She said: 'Every time I spoke to someone, I’d be thinking, "They probably think I’m a horrible person. Am I boring them? Do I look ugly?"'
The star said that her fellow bandmates Una Healy, Vanessa White, Molly King and Rochelle Wiseman were shocked but understanding.
When she was admitted to hospital, Frankie admitted that she was worried she was going to be judged by her fellow patients.
She explained: 'I was so nervous, because I was "Frankie from The Saturdays". I didn't know if people would be horrible to me and say: "You're in a successful girl band, you've got this great boyfriend, he's got loads of money."
'But nobody judged me. Nobody thought I was weird.'
Frankie opened up for glamour magazine's Hey, It’s OK campaign, in conjunction with the mental health charity Mind, hoping that her honesty about her battle with depression will help others in similar situations.
Finally she said: ‘I did lose myself but I feel like me again now. But I try not to put pressure on myself- it’s unrealistic, no one is 100% happy all of the time.’
By Catherine Hickey
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Posted by LeLucy24
RE: Frankie Sandford opens up about her depression
I think Frankie is sooo brave to admit that she suffered from depression, I have suffered from it to and I felt the same as she did, that everyone would judge you but at the end of the day I think mental illness is common but its kept as a secret. Am not embarrassed that I suffer from it and I am still on medication for it but my family and friends all understand and its good to talk about it!!
Posted 04/04/2012 19:24:33