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Peter Andre reveals full extent of his anxiety and depression

The singer has really been through a lot

There are few celebrities we can think of who are as smiley and positive as Peter Andre.

But behind his happy exterior, the singer has been hiding crippling anxiety and panic attacks – an issue he’s now opened up about coping with for TEN years.

The 45-year-old reality star spoke about his mental health in an interview on RTE’s The Ray D’Arcy Show, admitting he was even hospitalised at one point.

He told Irish chatshow presenter Ray D’Arcy: “When you talk to people now and you talk about anxiety and you talk about breakdowns and things like that, some people look at it like a weakness.

“Some people look at it like a taboo – but the truth is, it’s so real. So many people are going through it.”

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Peter was in Dublin for the interview (Credit: RTERayDarcyShow Twitter)

The nineties singer went on: “I went through it for years. It was a moment – it was in 1998 – I was at the top of everything and all of a sudden it just hit me like a tonne of bricks.

“I couldn’t function. I couldn’t think straight. I was having panic attacks. I ended up in all sorts of hospitals, on medication, different therapists.”

And the dad-of-four, who is now married to junior doctor, Emily MacDonagh, suffered in silence, adding: “My parents didn’t know anything, I didn’t want them to know anything because they’re worriers. I got through it. It took me nearly 10 years.”

Pete – pictured here with his dad, sister and mum – didn’t tell his family what he was going through (Credit: peterandre Instagram)

In fact, Pete says surviving such an ordeal made him into the positive person he is today.

He said: “I remember praying and saying, ‘Please, if I get another chance, if I can get through this period, I will never take it for granted.’

“And when I did get through it and things came back and I got to do all these wonderful things, I don’t take it for granted.”

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The TV star’s fans rushed to send their love and wish Pete the best. One wrote: “We so so glad you did come back x think the world of you ❤.”

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Pete is much happier these days, with wife Emily (Credit: BBC)

Another tweeted: “Panic attacks are the worst! 💙😓.” A third added simply: “Bless you Pete xxx.”

The singer – who is dad to Junior and Princess from his first marriage to Katie Price, and Theo and Amelia with Emily – also spoke about his popular music from the nineties – admitting Mysterious Girl “just won’t die.”

He added: “I’m so lucky… every year it grows, every summer. It’s great.”

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