Connor Ball was taken to the hospital with crippling panic attacks that ruined his life

Dancing on Ice star Connor Ball recalls the terrifying moment he was rushed to the hospital after experiencing his first panic attack while The Vamps were on tour with McFly

Connor Ball
Musician Connor Ball of The Vamps

Dancing On Ice star Connor Ball opened up about his devastating struggle with panic attacks and how they have ruined his life.

The 25-year-old from Aberdeen, Scotland shot to fame as the bassist and one of four vocalists for The Vamps after covers of their pop song went viral on YouTube.

But in the early days of his career, Connor suffered from anxiety and depression, caused by his fear of touring.

On This Morning, he told therapists Nik and Eva Speakman: “I have generalized anxiety, panic attacks and depression too.

“In the band, that affected me because I didn’t go out to do as many things as I wanted or should have. I wanted to go out and meet more people.”

He shared his anxiety on This Morning



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His bandmate James, added: “It’s sad to think that some of the best times of my life were probably some of the worst of Connor’s life.”

But things hit rock bottom when he had to be rushed to the hospital for anxiety attacks during their first tour with McFly.

“Even before we released Can We Dance, we did a back-up with McFly, and I was hospitalized because I was so nervous,” he said.

“I didn’t realize at the time that it was anxiety.

“I couldn’t breathe. It was overwhelming, but over the years I got used to it.”

Nik and Eva ask Connor to think back to his childhood to see what might be causing his problems.

He was taken to the hospital after suffering from anxiety



An allergic reaction to monkey nuts while in Thailand at the age of 6 scared him off touring outside the UK.

He admitted: “It’s more of the overseas things that worry me more. That makes sense, it’s good to hear that. It’s a relief that he’s back in the UK. Now I’ve talked about it. that with two people. I know what I need to talk about and it’s not bad to talk about and understand.”

He later recalled a horrific incident in Greece when he was nine years old, saying: “I remember when we were on vacation and I had to swim under a big rock to get to the beach and I was stuck and I was like ‘I don’t have. will be able to breathe’.”

Later, Speakmans pointed out that his touring fear may have been due to these incidents.

Realizing the root of his problems, he said: “It almost makes me feel a little bit more relieved. It makes sense, just hearing it is good.”

Now he is looking for ways to deal with the attacks



Connor said learning about the “trigger” of his anxiety with Nik and Eva cured him quite a bit.

He said: “Going to so many different doctors, you never find the root cause of it. But talking to Nic and Eva was a huge relief. I didn’t think I could do it. like this. I just spent a total of a day with them and it’s gone.”

Nik explains: “There’s always a fuse behind it. If you find the fuse and go back to the beginning, you can fix some things.”

Fortunately, the star has family, friends and girlfriends to support when it’s difficult, but it is the band who “understands”.

Connor said his bandmates – Bradley Simpson, Tristan Evans and James Brittain-McVey – are people he “can really talk to”.

“We’ve been through the same thing. They all have their own things and everyone seems to be in the same boat,” he said. YES!.

Now, he is one of 12 contestants competing in this year’s Dancing On Ice, along with his teammate Finnish professional skater Alexandra Shauman.

And he hopes Scotland can get behind him and his teammate Alexandra – especially since he’s the only celebrity from the north.

He said: “As the only Scotsman, I hope everyone there can support me for good or bad. I appreciate the votes.

“I’m so nervous about Sunday and just want to do my best and get through it. I don’t think I’m going to win the show but I just want to give it a go and see how far I can go. “

* Dancing on Ice continues Sunday at 6pm on ITV

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