David Guetta suffered post-split panic attacks

David Guetta suffered from severe panic attacks following the breakdown of his marriage.

The 'Play Hard' hitmaker has admitted he found it difficult to cope during his split from wife, Cathy, after 20 years of marriage and struggled to make music as a result.

The 47-year-old DJ - who suffered from the anxiety attacks for "a full year"- told The Times magazine: "Panic attacks are when your brain is completely going crazy because you are doing a lot of, 'What if, what if, what if, what if.'

"There was a moment when I couldn't make music. I would get in the studio and..."

Fortunately David was able to recover after meeting a fellow sufferer during his birthday party at his home in Ibiza, who gave him valuable advice about battling his demons.

David recalls him as saying: "There's one thing you need to understand. No one is going to die. The person who has the panic attack is not going to die. And whatever decision you have to take in your life, the person you're going to hurt it not going to die. And if someone is going to hurt you, you're not going to die either."

He admitted the advice was extremely helpful to him during his troubled times.

He said: "That helped me so much, it was incredible.

"The best way is to face it. Say, 'Come on! I'm not afraid on you!' Because you know you're not going to die."