The EastEnders actress has revealed past trauma affects her sex life today
Danniella Westbrook has made the brave decision to reveal that she suffered sexual abuse when she was a child.
The former EastEnders actress has opened up about her trauma, occurring when she began her modelling career at the tender age of seven. From the looks of things, she’s not discussed it publicly before, but now at the age of 42 she’s ready to tell the world.
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‘I was sexually abused as a child. I was seven years old. It was within the workplace and continued for a lot of my life,’ she revealed in a counselling session, during a sombre moment in the Channel 5 show Therapy.
After, she went on to say that she’d been ‘betrayed by lots of people’.
‘At seven I was like a 14-year-old. There were certain things going on with me that shouldn’t have been.’
Furthermore, she’s admitted the impact it’s had on her sex life today: ‘Sex doesn’t mean anything to me… I feel absolutely nothing.’
After her modelling career, she scored a breakthrough role in EastEnders as Phil and Grant Mitchell’s younger sister Sam – and even at the age of 16, she became one of the soap’s foremost characters. However, throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, Danni battled a highly-publicised cocaine addiction, most memorably resulting in the erosion of her septum.
She’s made it clear in the years since that drugs are no longer a part of her life – but elsewhere in her revealing TV conversation, she reveals that there’s still a sense of shame attached to it.
‘I’m ashamed of the drugs – it’s not the person I am, but it’s how I fix myself and it’s the quickest way to medicate myself into a death because I haven’t wanted to be here.
‘This last year has been tough; I’ve tried to kill myself – but I don’t feel like that today.’
Sending all our love to Danniella!