Note: The following article contains discussion of themes including suicide that some readers may find upsetting.
Former Made in Chelsea star Josh 'JP' Patterson has opened up about recent challenges and how he made it through a dark period in his life.
Josh, who first appeared on the reality series back in 2015, revealed he was in "one of the darkest places" after he'd faced some personal and professional hurdles.
"My business – women's fitness brand Mahara – collapsed. It's crippling," he told OK! Magazine.
"I think the announcement of Binks and I breaking up was incredibly tough to take because we have a daughter. I think the both of us had such a fear of what impact that may have in her life and our family's lives."
The star also spoke about a period in his life when he had suicidal thoughts. However, he realised there was "a bigger purpose" for him in life.
"The day it actually got to the point where I was ready to go, I just paused.
"That sparked something in me that made me realise there was a bigger purpose for me than I'd seen," Josh added. "What a stupid decision it would have been."
After welcoming their first child India, Josh and former Made in Chelsea star Binky Felstead announced their break-up in September last year.
Binky shared an Instagram post at the time, writing: "We are still a family and India is, and will always be the absolute light of our lives.
"However we have realised we are on very different paths at the moment, although we still adore each other, we need to give each other space to grow."
We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org), and Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255 or visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Read the full story in this week's OK! magazine – out today.
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