Ruby Barker, who stars in the Netflix series Bridgerton, has shared that she is spending some time in hospital to help deal with her mental health struggles.
The 25-year-old has played the role of Marina Thompson in both seasons of the romantic period-drama.
As reported by The Independent on Thursday (May 26), she posted an almost six-minute long video on her Instagram telling fans that she’d been admitted into the hospital to focus on mental health recovery.
In the caption to the post she wrote that she was being "transparent" and that she had been dealing with problems since Bridgerton began.
She said in the video: “I am better. I’ve been really unwell for a really long time.
“I just want to be honest with everybody – I have been struggling. I’m in hospital at the minute, I’m going to get discharged soon and hopefully get to continue with my life.”
Barker also encouraged others who were feeling in a similar way to seek help.
She said: “I want to encourage others: if you are struggling, please do yourself a favour and take a break. Stop being so hard on yourself.
“It is mad out here! And sometimes you just have to take a break and say, ‘I can’t do this right now, I need support.’”
As well as this, she reassured her audience that going to the hospital was a positive move that has helped her reach a better place.
“I haven’t hit rock bottom; I’m on new heights,” she explained. “We really need to change the dialogue and think about our linguistics when we’re actually talking about mental health.”
How did fans react to this news?
Fans were full of support for Barker opening up about these issues.
One wrote: "Your [sic] such a beautiful soul! Thank you for being so open to sharing. Your message helps so many in need to hear this. All the best to you. Love you!"
Another put: "What a brave, beautiful and inspiring young woman you are. Sending a big hug and loads of admiration from Canada."
Many also reiterated that were proud of Barker for opening up about these issues.