Westbrook and Katona talk addiction on Loose Women

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Note: This article contains discussion of themes, including addiction and suicidal thoughts, that some readers may find upsetting.

Former EastEnders star Danniella Westbrook and Kerry Katona have opened up about their past drug addictions in a candid one-on-one chat on Loose Women.




Following a recent appearance together on the show, the pair recorded a backstage interview together that aired on today's (June 13) episode.

In it, Daniella spoke about the last four years being her "lowest point", explaining: "I put myself into hospital two years ago, I said to them, 'I have taken copious amounts of coke, every medicine in the house, drunk alcohol; this, that and the other.

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"And I am still waking up – why? Please section me, I am trying to kill myself'. And they sectioned me. I wanted to die. And I thought, 'What could be the thing that could kill me fast enough that won't give my kids a lot of shame?'"

She added: "And it will be an overdose and it will be because everyone will say, 'I told you so because she was a coke head'. And my kids know that. I wrote letters to my kids."

Danniella admitted that her son Kai had "put his life on hold" to take care of her, Kerry asking whether her addiction had put him off drugs.

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"He detests it, because it's nearly killed his mum," she said. "He will cry on the phone sometimes and say, 'Do you know what mum, I don't want to see you die,' and there has been times when I have relapsed and I have gone, 'I know you don't want to see me die, but I am not helping you'.

"It's hard, but I have come through the other side of that and there are still times when I look at him and say, 'I am so sorry Kai', and he says, 'Will you stop saying sorry because you are getting me all down and I am in a good mood'."

At one point, the pair recalled having headlines "waiting to go to print" preparing for their deaths, while Kerry mused on drugs giving a "false sense of security".

However, Danniella said of opening up about her struggles: "I feel so much lighter for being honest about it. I'm not saying I have taken them every day for the last four years, but I have struggled for the last years of my life and I am ready to say, 'Please [help me]'."

Loose Women airs on weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.

We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org), and Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255 or visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

For more on drug addiction and dependency, including information and support, please visit FRANK or Action on Addiction.

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