Peter Andre opened up about his battle with social anxiety on Thursday’s This Morning.
The Aussie heartthrob admitted that after watching a Loose Women episode where they discussed anxiety, he realised he was struggling with the same symptoms.
The singer has always been open about his anxiety battle and is keen to start the conversation to help others.
Speaking to hosts Holly Willougby and Phillip Schofield about the moment he realised, Pete said: “Ayda [Field] was on and she was talking about her husband Robbie [Williams] suffering from social anxiety.
“My ears pricked up.”
The reality star added: “She started explaining that when certain events are coming up, like a red carpet event or if there’s a party, he’ll cancel it last minute or something will happen and he’ll freak out and go ‘can’t do it’.
“And I went ‘that’s what the label is, that’s what I’ve had all these years – social anxiety’.”
Despite medication helping him a lot the star admitted he felt it was just a way of hiding from it.
He said: “Medication is a bit like sweeping it under the carpet, but I needed the medication to get me to the point where I could talk about what was causing my anxiety in therapy.”
The Mysterious Girl singer added: “I also thought, how many times have I been through a panic attack and nothing has happened afterwards?
“Understanding it’s not going to hurt you makes you stronger, it puts you in a better position.”
Viewers praised Pete for speaking out about the personal issues he’s faced.
One wrote: “Thank you to Peter Andre for speaking about such an important issue. #thismorning.”
“@MrPeterAndre you’re such an inspiration to so many. Having had anxiety for 30 years I know how hard it is [sic]” another said.
Well done, Pete, we salute you.