Fearne Cotton says she can no longer do live radio shows despite having been in the industry for 25 years
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Radio presenter Fearne Cotton has shared her frustration at not being able to do live shows anymore as she suffers from regular panic attacks.
The 40-year-old star, who has presented shows on BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2, says her nervous system “can’t handle it” at the moment.
The presenter is a frequent speaker on mental health and the importance of opening up – which she did in a new interview with the Daily Star.
“I wouldn’t sleep the night before, I would have had a panic attack beforehand,” Fearne told the publication.
She continued, “I’d probably be fine if I was on the air, it’s just that little bit off that I can’t get by easily.
“I’m a little frustrated because I’ve studied this job for 25 years and I know I can do it really well.”
The mother-of-two left Radio 1 in 2015 because it “literally ruined my mind”.
She became the first regular female presenter on the BBC Radio 1 Chart Show in 2007, which she co-hosted with Reggie Yates for six years.
And then, two years later, she presented her own BBC Radio 1 show before the stress became too much to bear.
But last year she admitted she had no choice but to “walk away” because the pressure was getting too much to bear.
These days, the TV star hosts her own podcast, aptly titled Happy Place, and has published self-help and recipe books.
Speaking candidly during the Covid period, Fearne said the stress and pressure of high-profile presentations has taken a toll on her mental health.
She revealed at the time that she didn’t feel “connected” to the entertainment industry.
“I didn’t feel like I belonged,” she admitted.
“I always felt like someone was going to put me down. It’s going to be really exhausting and painful and I had to go.”
And on her Happy Place podcast, the TV personality enjoys speaking candidly with her guests about life, love, loss and everything in between, and trying to figure out what happiness means.
“All I want to do is help create something that creates connections and offers comfort to people when they’re feeling alone,” she said of her podcast.
“I’ve done work for years that was fun but not necessarily always meaningful, and I think you come to an age, or maybe have certain life experiences, where you think, ‘There has to be more meaning to all of this.’ .
“You can climb the ladder to get to the best radio show or TV show with the biggest audience, but then what? What is the goal?”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/fearne-cotton-frustrated-shes-forced-26690983 Fearne Cotton is 'frustrated' as panic attacks have forced her to quit live radio