Frankie Bridge’s friends and family praised the star after boldly discussing her mental health in Friday’s I’m A Celebrity.
During the latest episode, the 32-year-old The Saturdays star talked about the time she was hospitalized after a nervous breakdown at the age of 21.
Taking on Frankie’s Instagram after the powerful scene aired, her friends and family, who run her page as she competes on the ITV show, praised her for “normalizing” the “struggles” that people have. face in life.
Posting a collection of sweet screenshots of fans applauding the star for being so honest, the caption reads: “For when Frank (finally!) Leaves the castle … here’s a very, very small selection of people you’ve inspired, helped and given hope to.
“We are (and will continue to be!) HUGE proud of how open you are. You normalize the struggles we face. You are stronger than you can ever realize, thanks for being yourself,” followed by a heart-shaped emoji.
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Frankie’s 1.4 million followers reacted quickly to the post praising her for being so honest and sincere about mental health on television.
One person said, “LOTS of love for Frankie,” followed by a heart-shaped emoji.
Another report read, “So loud as to talk so openly about mental health. Well done Frankie.”
While another follower added: “Keep going Frankie, you’re an inspirational woman, thanks for talking about it.”
During the last episode, Matty Lee asked Frankie about being hospitalized in the past, to which the star said, “I’ve always had depression and anxiety and had a nervous breakdown when I was about 21, I think I am. .
“I had a bad breakup, it was really public and everyone was really horrible.”
Frankie continued: “I was with Wayne [Bridge, her husband], I was able to function at work, but then I would come home and couldn’t function. Stop crying all the time. I basically didn’t want to be alive anymore. “
In the Telegraph, she added: “I know it can be a little shocking for other people to hear that I was hospitalized at 21. I think people often think that this kind of thing only happens to older people. So I don’t mind. talk about it and Matty seemed genuinely interested. “
Frankie continued, “I’ve lost a lot of weight and stuff. Wayne called my doctor and was like, ‘I don’t know what to do with her anymore.’ So they came and saw me and decided I had to go to the hospital.
“So I had a music video that we were going to shoot in Iceland [for The Saturdays]. My manager used to say, ‘OK, let’s do one last thing and then let’s go.’ None of the girls knew at this point.
“So I went to Iceland, I made that video and then I realized that when I landed, I knew I was going straight to the hospital when I got back. Wayne drove me, he left me.”
To which Matty said, “It’s a huge revelation and you have to have these conversations because without conversations you don’t learn, you never know what’s going on.”
Speaking further about her time in the hospital, Frankie continued: “You think I’d really feel, like I hated it, but it’s actually a really good memory. It was the first time in years that I felt really relaxed, I don’t have to hide anything. .
“Everyone was on treatment, everyone was in therapy, everyone had some sort of problem. I didn’t have to pretend I was happy all the time. Being in the hospital was really a breath of fresh air, but it’s a young age to have a mental breakdown.” .
Speaking further to the Telegraph, Frankie added: “It’s strange to think that Matty is only 23. And it makes me realize how young I was and how different people’s lives and certain moments in their lives can be.”
Speaking with Matty about the “tipping point”, Frankie admitted that her desire to be a mother made her want to get better.
She said, “Since I was with Wayne, I still remember being in the shower and I thought, I love him, we talked about marriage, kids and things like that, we had a nice home, I had a career that I always wanted, but I knew. just to be fundamentally unhappy.
“And that’s when I realized that something was just not right. It was almost being happy made me realize I was unhappy, which is probably really hard for people to understand.
“The main reason I wanted to improve was because I knew I wanted kids. I was like, I can’t be like that if I want to be a mom. I knew I had to settle down.
“So that was the main reason I wanted to improve. I was really lucky that Wayne put me there and could afford to send me. It was shit but it was great at the same time.”
Frankie has been married to husband Wayne since 2014 and they share children Parker, eight, and Carter, six.
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