Former Hollyoaks star Stephanie Davis has opened up about her struggles with alcoholism, claiming her dependance on drinking was putting her life in danger.
The actress claimed that she had always had a habit of turning to alcohol to cope with tough times, and said that the trauma of her relationship with Jeremy McConnell pushed things into dangerous territory.
The pair met when they were both housemates on Celebrity Big Brother, and have a son together, born in January 2017.
The pair split after Jeremy assaulted Stephanie while high on coke – he received a suspended sentence and community service for the attack.
And now Stephanie has revealed that the violence of the relationship led to her spiralling out of control.
In an interview with OK! Magazine, she revealed that her drinking increased to the point of daily blackouts, as she struggled to cope with what she’d experienced.
“I was drinking heavily and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after I split up with Jeremy, because of everything I had been through while we were together,” she said.
“It got to the point where I was drinking most days until I would black out, and I was feeling suicidal. I knew that for Caben’s sake, I had to sort myself out before it was too late.”
After attending rehab, Stephanie realised she can’t drink any quantity of alcohol at all, and is now 90 days sober.
“I’m an alcoholic,” she said. “Going to rehab saved my life. I’ve always turned to drink when I’ve gone through difficult times, but I started drinking more and more when I was with Jeremy in order to block out how awful the relationship was.”
Jeremy was jailed in November after skipping his mandatory community service, in order to fly to Turkey for a hair and beard transplant.
After being released, he claimed to be staying away from the drugs that led to his violent outburst against Stephanie, claiming he wants to stay clean for his son.
Speaking to The Sun Online, he said, “I could relapse and take drugs again today but I have to tell myself what I want in my future. I want my son.”