Rylan Clark says his body ‘shut down’ and his speech was ‘slurred’ amid divorce

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Rylan Clark has opened up about the breakdown he suffered amid his divorce from his husband of six years, Dan Neal.

Clark and Neal got married in 2015, and last July the It Takes Two presenter announced that the pair had separated on Instagram.

Clark had a breakdown at the end of the relationship, and took four months off work – spending a period of time in hospital.

Appearing on Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place podcast, Clark said: “My body did completely shut down. I wouldn’t eat. I went through a stage where I couldn’t even talk, which for some people might be quite handy.

“My speech was just slurred. My mum thought I was having a stroke. My body just went. I went down to 9st and I am six-foot-four.”

He said that, after working nonstop on shows such as This Morning and The Xtra Factor, he has become better at taking time out for himself.

“If I feel I need a stop, have a stop, but have an enjoyable stop with yourself. And don’t be frightened of your own company,” he said.

Rylan Clark (BBC)
Rylan Clark (BBC)

Earlier this year, Clark said in another interview that he “was a danger” to himself amid the divorce.

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