John Barrowman sought therapy after lockdown affected his mental health

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John Barrowman has been seeing a therapist for five months after struggling to cope in lockdown.

The Dancing on Ice judge shared in an appearance on Loose Women on Friday that he ended up "sitting and sobbing" as he struggled to readjust to the upheaval in his daily life.

He appeared on the show via video link, explaining how he sought out a therapist.

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"I wanted to go to someone who didn’t know me and didn’t have a preconceived image of me," Barrowman began. "I was doing that until I came back [to the UK] every week for about the last four to five months.

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"Saying this on here, my parents and family didn’t even know was going. You’re the first ones to know about it, [his husband] Scott knew but it was really nice to be able to talk to somebody who I can just say vomit everything out to them and not worry about them judging but help me to sort it out and figure it out because I was becoming cranky, crabby, it was hard."

He added: "I was going into a room and just sitting and sobbing because I’d been so used to working all my life and all of a sudden, one day it just stopped. There was nothing to do. I didn’t know what to do with myself."

John Barrowman during the Dancing On Ice 2019 photocall at ITV Studios on December 09, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
John Barrowman during the Dancing On Ice 2019 photocall at ITV Studios on December 09, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Other celebrities such as Joe Wicks have spoken about the impact of the pandemic on their mental health. While former Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh recently said having the virus made her feel anxious.

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Barrowman lives in the US with husband Scott Gill, but is currently in the UK as he returns to the Dancing on Ice panel at the weekend.

He'll be joined by Ashley Banjo, Christopher Dean and Jayne Torvill will Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby host the proceedings.

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