The Radio 2 favourite has revealed something important to fans
Though Fearne Cotton has been known as one of the bubbliest people in British media for many years, it’s often the case that the public don’t know what’s going on beneath the surface.
Hence it may come as a surprise to some that the former Radio 1 host has suffered from depression – and she’s revealed her ins and outs of her struggle to fans for the first time.
In her new book, Happy, 35-year-old Fearne opens up about her experience using anti-depressants two years ago, and the time running up to her diagnosis of depression. Describing herself as a usually optimistic person, she knew something wasn’t right a few years ago when she found herself feeling closed off and lethargic.
‘I had a real lack of energy,’ she explains. ‘I felt so drained and my lust for everything that I love wasn’t there any more.
‘I’m very optimistic by nature, I wake up in the morning and I’m very excited about my day, I’m so pumped and enthusiastic about the smaller things in life and that was dead.
‘Everything was a drag and felt heavy. I felt anti-social, cut-off, alienated and they were massive warning signs. Everyone has that lightbulb moment that they need to do something differently, but for me it was feeling stuck.’
Fearne, who lives with husband Jesse Wood and their two children Rex and Honey, eventually reached a point where she needed to seek help, and admits she was ‘relieved’ when the doctor spelled out exactly what was going on.
‘It was definitely a relief when the doctor identified what was happening to me. It took it away from being my fault,’ Fearne writes.
‘I was prescribed anti-depressants. I decided it would get my head above the clouds for a moment. I’d never taken them before so it felt like it be worth a go.’
She goes on to say that she decided to use the pills for a couple of months, before weaning herself off of them to explore alternative treatments – and cutting back on social engagements has been key to her refocusing.
‘Letting go of ‘perfect’ was important. I was trying to do so many things and putting so much pressure on myself – and why? Perfect doesn’t exist. I cut back a lot on work, and focused a lot more on family.
‘My priorities now are work and family, so going out and socialising are non-existent.’
Good on Fearne for opening up on something that is too often buried away – we’re sure plenty of readers will find comfort in her words!