Suzanne Shaw quit drinking as she had 'beer fear' after Matthew Perry meeting

The singer revealed the moment still comes back to haunt her

Suzanne Shaw .(WireImage)
Suzanne Shaw gave up drinking after meeting Matthew Perry. (WireImage)

Suzanne Shaw has revealed she quit drinking after suffering a bad case of “beer fear” following a meeting with Matthew Perry.

The former Hear’Say star said although she wasn’t addicted she was “a middle lane drinker” who used alcohol amid her struggles with anxiety.

Speaking on ITV’s Lorraine, the star said she knew she had to stop drinking and that the night she met the Friends star was a bit of a “turning point”.

Read more: Suzanne Shaw opens up on 18-year struggle with depression and anxiety

“I had to take away, which I was having, the beer fear, every morning,” she said.

“It was like, that has to go because that’s not helping me.”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 22: Matthew Perry attends the 2023 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at the University of Southern California on April 22, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Suzanne Shaw said the Matthew Perry moment still comes back to her. (Getty Images)

She said when she bumped into Perry she had been drinking and started gushing over the actor.

She explained: “I was saying, ‘Oh my God I think you are amazing… Friends, my son loves you.’

“And then I think after that the beer fear was so bad and I just knew removing alcohol was going to be the making on my wellbeing.”

Shaw admitted the incident still comes back to haunt her.

“I still get those moments in the supermarket where I’m just getting a tin of tomatoes and suddenly I'll go, ‘No!’ over Matthew Perry,” she laughed.

The singer told host Lorraine Kelly about her struggles with mental health after finding fame in Hear’Say, the group she earned a spot in after competing on TV talent show Popstars.

She said there was a time where she hated herself.

“I don’t really remember struggling with anxiety until after Hear’Say and I think it was such a big thing to go through and that overwhelm and that burnout really manifested in depression and anxiety for me,” she said.

“At some points I would really fear leaving the house, I would be in bed, my self-esteem was so low at times.”

Pop group Hear'Say, from left to right; Noel Sullivan, Suzanne Shaw, Kym Marsh, Myleene Klass and Danny Foster perform during the Radio City Party at the Pier in Liverpool.
Hear'Say on stage. (PA Images/Alamy)

“My self-esteem was shot,” Shaw went on. “I would self-sabotage. Nobody hated me more than me.

“I hid that for a very long time. I was too afraid my story wasn’t valid because I was famous and what should I be ungrateful for… I suffered in silence.”

Shaw shot to fame in 2001 when she won a spot in Hear'Say on Popstars, alongside fellow hopefuls Kym Marsh, Myleene Klass, Danny Foster and Noel Sullivan.

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Their hits included Pure And Simple and The Way To Your Love.

Lorraine airs weekdays at 9am on ITV1 and ITVX.

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