The EastEnders star appeared on MasterChef just months before her mother passed away
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Legend of EastEnders Michelle Collins has admitted that she regrets taking on MasterChef during her mental health battle.
The 59-year-old actress played the role of Cindy Beale in BBC soap for almost 10 years.
She has been very open about battling depression and eating disorders in the past but says she is in a happier place.
“We all go through times in our lives when we experience mental health issues and we should talk about it,” she told Notebook magazine.
“I wrote about it in my book, including the time I was about to commit suicide.
“I have become much stronger as I get older, but I still want to help others as much as I can.”
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Michelle had a rough few years when she lost her dear mother to cancer in April 2021 after a two-year battle.
“My mother still has cancer so she can’t go out,” she said when describing how difficult locking the door was for her family.
“I was shopping for her and also helping out at a friend’s food bank,” she said.
“So I just let myself busy.”
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But Michelle says she was “suffering” during the first Christmas lockdown.
“During that Christmas lockdown, I was devastated – my mother was going downhill,” she aided.
“I did Celebrity MasterChef, and I was really struggling.
“Mentally, I wasn’t right and I shouldn’t have done it. Then in April, my mother passed away, so last year wasn’t a happy time for me.”
Michelle currently plays Miss Scarlett in the theater production of Cluedo.
“It’s a very quirky and elaborate set,” she said.
“It was quite a new experience for me because it’s also a difficult role, it’s physical and you have to be very alert the whole time.
“The last two years have been tough but it made me want to get out there, try new things and jump out of my comfort zone.”
NB: Cluedo is currently touring the UK. For ticket details: www.Cluedostageplay.com
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