Rita Ora says she's been terrified of dying ever since she was a child

X Factor judge Rita Ora has bravely spoken out about suffering from panic attacks and a phobia of death. Anxiety and mental health problems can affect anyone, and Rita has unfortunately battled them ever since her childhood.

‘I used to have panic attacks when I was little, saying “mum, I don’t want to die,”‘ Rita, 24, told The Sun. She added that she still attends weekly therapy for her fears, and that a frightening childhood experience might have influenced them.

She described playing in a cemetery as a seven-year-old, and said she panicked during a game of hide-and-seek. ‘No one found me – I thought I’d get stolen by ghosts,’ she said.

We think Rita’s done a brilliant thing being honest – after all, having a phobia or anxiety problems are nothing to be ashamed of. We also hope her counselling is helping her feel less panicky about dying, which, let’s face it, isn’t something any of us really want to think about too much!

Rita will make her debut as a judge on the X Factor this Saturday, alongside fellow newbie Nick Grimshaw, Cheryl-Fernandez Versini and Simon Cowell. She’s also just released her single Body On Me, which saw her getting VERY steamy with controversial rapper Chris Brown in the video.

We’re looking forward to Rita’s X Factor appearance – she’s had plenty of practice in The Voice‘s big red chair, and we hope the excitement of her new role will help keep her anxieties at bay.

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