Kym Marsh has opened up about how her children saved her after the premature death of her baby boy Archie.
The Coronation Street actress, was left “utterly lost” in 2009 when her son – whom she had with ex Jamie Lomas – died at 21 weeks.
She has now admitted that she would not have been able to pull through if it wasn’t for David and Emelie, then 13 and 11.
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Kym, 40, told The Sun: “I never got to the point of thinking about taking my own life, but I don’t know how I might have felt if I hadn’t had two young children and a good support network around me.
“I know that others who have lost children have found themselves in the same situation as Michelle. I can totally understand how people feel like they can’t carry on.
After eight years, the ex-Hear’Say singer is now mum to six-year-old Polly and was strong enough to act in a Corrie storyline that completely mirrored her own personal heartbreak.
Viewers in their millions have been gripped by her character Michelle losing son Ruairi at 23 weeks and almost killing herself.
Kym said she got so down at one point that she just didn’t see the point in anything.
“I didn’t want to go outside, I didn’t want to see anyone, I didn’t want to hear anyone laughing. How could anyone laugh when my son has died?
“I just wanted to stay hidden away forever. But you do learn to accept it and move forward.
“And I’m lucky to have three amazing kids. David and Emilie are grown up now and Polly is a little whirlwind and a delight.”
The mum recently won the coveted TRIC award for her portrayal of Michelle’s story and has lots of plans to raise awareness for the Saying Goodbye charity, which supports people through baby loss.
Kym, who is currently dating Matt Baker, is organising Archie’s Ball to raise money and to celebrate Archie’s life.
The star added: “I think it’s important for families to talk about the child they’ve lost.
“I always say that I’m mother to three children and one angel.”