'Fame doesn't make you happy' Caroline Flack discusses her struggle with depression 2 years ago

'Fame doesn't make you happy' Caroline Flack discusses her struggle with depression

"I woke up and felt like somebody had covered my body in clingfilm."

Caroline Flack has detailed her struggle with depression saying that her mental health began to deteriorate after she won Strictly Come Dancing.


The Love Island presenter said that after she was crowned the winner of the show, she experienced some of the lowest points of her career.

She said:

"I felt like I was being held together by a piece of string which could snap at any time.

"People see the celebrity lifestyle and assume everything is perfect, but we're just like everyone else. Everyone is battling something emotional behind closed doors - that's life. Fame doesn't make you happy."

Flack told The Sun that co-hosting The X Factor with Olly Murs following her Strictly win led to an onslaught of criticism.

She said that she was fighting "a losing battle" and that she felt like "a bit of a joke."


"I could have walked on water one week and been told I couldn't swim," she said.

"Even if I'd gone on there, done seven pirouettes and the splits, and magically whipped out some rabbits from my hat, people would have gone, 'But where's Dermot?'I was fighting a losing battle."

Flack went on to say that The X Factor backlash culminated in a joke made by Graham Norton at the BAFTAs.

Norton had said that there was more of a chance of executed Anne Boleyn returning for BBC's historical drama Wolf Hall than Flack presenting The X Factor again.


"I'm sure it was quite funny but not so much when you're the person living that life, sat in the BAFTAs and the cameras are on you," she said.

"I remember the person next to me touching my arm in sympathy and just trying not to cry.

"I went home pretty much straight after. It was really horrible and my lowest point."


After a while, the presenter said that she went on anti-depressants, but stopping taking them after six months because she felt "numb."

Despite this, she said she wanted to speak out to tackle the stigma around such medication.

"I used to go to the chemist to collect my prescription on a Sunday, thinking the pharmacist had probably seen me on telly the night before," she said.

"You would tell people if you have taken Nurofen or Lemsip, but not anti-depressants."