'GBBO' star Candice Brown says writing about mental health struggle nearly broke her

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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18:  Candice Brown attends the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year on December 18, 2016 in Birmingham, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
Candice Brown won Bake Off in 2016. (Getty Images)

Great British Bake Off star Candice Brown has told how opening up about her mental health struggles nearly broke her.

The TV star and baker discusses her battle in her book Happy Cooking, saying she’s had days where she didn’t want to get out of bed and times where she has felt “completely useless”. She also suffers with anxiety.

According to The Sun, Brown admits in the book that laying herself “bare” has left her “terrified”.

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“This book is testament to the fact that every day I just about put one foot in front of the other and I am here,” said the star, who won Bake Off in 2016.

“Ironic that a book about food (my favourite thing) and mental health has nearly broken me. But in truth it has.

“This has been the toughest thing I have had to do. I have found it so hard to get things on paper.”

The TV star, 36, has previously been open about going through a tough time in 2020.

Brown was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), her marriage broke down and the coronavirus pandemic affected her pub business.

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However, the star told how cooking has been a huge help as it is something that she can turn to whenever she needs it.

Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown in store at Primrose Bakery in Covent Garden, London, to launch her range of 'Tot Cross Buns' celebrating NOW TV's Kids Pass.
Candice Brown found fame on Bake Off. (PA)

Calling it “my place”, she said: “Cooking has got me through some proper s*** times, and it continues to do so.”

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