Rylan opens up about his time in a psychiatric hospital

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Rylan Clark introduces Steps headline set at Mighty Hoopla at Brockwell Park on June 03, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Lorne Thomson/Redferns)
Rylan has opened up about his mental health issues. (Redferns) (Lorne Thomson via Getty Images)

Rylan has opened up about being twice admitted to a psychiatric hospital after attempting to take his own life.

Talking to The Sunday Times Magazine the TV presenter detailed how his split from husband Dan Neal left him in a desperate place: "I went through this period where I was annoyed that I'd wake up."

Rylan also talked about how his mental health affected him physically as he stopped eating: "I went into this thing called SVT [Supraventricular tachycardia], where my heart rate was way over double.

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And it just wouldn't stop. It feels like a different person, now, that I'm talking about. I did not know who I was for that five months."

'Strictly: It Takes Two' presenter Rylan Clark-Neal has dropped his surname. (BBC)
Rylan went on to present 'Strictly: It Takes Two'. (BBC) (BBC)

He then confessed that he did attempt suicide after his relationship with Neal ended last year: "I did [try to end my life] — unsuccessfully, luckily. I suppose it's the easy way out, but I just could not see another way. I genuinely felt like the world was against me."

The former X Factor star has also recently released an autobiography entitled Ten: The Decade That Changed My Future about his rise to fame after appearing on the talent contest.

In the book, he also discusses his split with Neal and the mental health issues it caused.

He wrote: "For the first time in my 32 years, I felt I couldn't carry on no more. What's the point? I thought. I'd lost what I thought was everything, the one thing I always wanted. A man I loved. A family of my own. And now it was gone. So I tried to end it. I won't go into detail as I don't think it's fair on my mum, but thank God I was unsuccessful."

Rylan Clarke-Neal at the Celebrity Big Brother house at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.
Rylan split from his husband Dan Neal last year. (PA) (PA)

Since starring on The X Factor, Rylan has become a popular face on television, hosting the revivals of Supermarket Sweep and Ready Steady Cook, regularly appearing on This Morning and starring on Celebrity Gogglebox.

If you are experiencing feelings of distress and isolation, or are struggling to cope, the Samaritans offers support; you can speak to someone for free over the phone, in confidence, on 116 123 (UK and ROI), email, or visit the Samaritans website to find details of your nearest branch.

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