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Frankie Sandford on her depression battle: “I felt that I was worthless”

Frankie Sandford on her depression battle: “I felt that I was worthless”

Saturdays singer Frankie Sandford has opened up about her battle with depression, admitting that before she sought treatment she felt “worthless” and “ugly”.

“Since childhood I’ve been an over-thinker,” says Frankie. “I used to make myself sick with worry. I’d always have stomach aches and breathing problems. I felt that I was worthless, that I was ugly, that I didn’t deserve anything,” she tells Glamour in a new interview.

When Frankie eventually decided that she needed professional, she admits to worrying about how other patients would perceive her,

“I was so nervous, because I was "Frankie from The Saturdays". I didn't know if people would be horrible to me and say: ‘You're in a successful girl band, you've got this great boyfriend, he's got loads of money.’But nobody judged me. Nobody thought I was weird.”

Spiral of negative thinking

The 23-year-old star – who six months ago took time off from The Saturdays – has also revealed that her illness affected her relationship with boyfriend Wayne Bridge.

“One night, I got upset because Wayne hadn't bought the right yoghurts. I managed to convince myself he didn't know me at all.

“It set off this spiral of negative thinking – that if I disappeared, it wouldn’t matter to anyone. In fact, it would make everybody’s life easier. I felt that I was worthless, that I was ugly, that I didn’t deserve anything.”

I feel like me again now


Frankie – who decided to share her experience as part of Glamour’s ‘Hey, It’s Ok’ campaign in conjunction with the mental health charity Mind – now says that she now thankfully feels better,

“I did lose myself,” she says. “But I feel like me again now. But I try not to put pressure on myself – it’s unrealistic, no one is 100 per cent happy all of the time.”

We’re just happy to hear that Frankie has made a recovery, and that she’s not putting so much pressure on herself.

 

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