Coronation Street star Kym Marsh admits to heartbreaking struggle with depression storylines
Kym, 38, admits that she is often left in floods of tears after filming the tense scenes, as she is reminded of her own struggle with anxiety and depression.
‘It’s been an emotional few months – I’ve done nothing but cry. It does get to you,’ she told the Daily Star Sunday. ‘You become quite emotional and it’s draining. And certainly for Simon, he’s playing the person who’s depressed but we’re there for each other. You have to be there for each other.’
Kym‘s current storyline sees character Michelle support partner, Steve, played by Simon Gregson, through dark times as he battles with low mood.
Mother of three children, Kym has herself has faced similar struggles in real life, most recently after the loss of her premature son in 2009. So it’s no wonder the actress has been affected by filming such heart-wrenching scenes.
The star, who rose to fame as one fifth of pop band Hear’Say, also confessed to suffering from panic attacks.
‘I get a lot of anxiety and panic attacks,’ she admitted. ‘I have them when there is a lot going on in my life at the [same] time. It goes with stress really.’
Fans of the show will be pleased to know, though, that it’s not all doom and gloom for the Corrie favourites over the next few months, as the fictional pair prepare to walk down the aisle together.
‘The next few months are going to be emotional as Steve‘sdepression will not just go away,’ Kym said. ‘We’ve done a few scenes that have been amusing, so it’s nice to get that side of their relationship back.’
Thankfully, in real life, Kym has a lot to put a smile back on her face. After a ten-month romance, the actress recently got engaged to personal trainer beau, Dan Hooper.
The pair were recently seen looking cosy at Manchester Piccadilly station, with Kym flashing her massive engagement ring!