'One day I was driving into the ITV studios and I thought: "Wouldn’t it be great if I just crashed my car now and it was all over?"'
Helen Flanagan has opened up about her battle with depression.
The 26-year-old rose to fame playing Rosie Webster in Coronation Street, but left after 12 years on the cobbles in 2012.
Now she’s admitted that her illness contributed to this decision, after she increasingly began suffering panic attacks on set.
Not only that, but she’d secretly stopped taking medication she’d been prescribed for ADHD and bipolar disorder.
Helen tells The Sun: ‘One day I was driving into the ITV studios and I thought: “Wouldn’t it be great if I just crashed my car now and it was all over?”
‘I’ve suffered from depression. It was the main reason I had to leave Coronation Street.
‘I was down and it was very intense – I don’t think I was very well.’
After quitting Corrie, Helen appeared on reality shows including I’m A Celebrity, Celebrity Super Spa and Celebrity Wedding Planner.
But after the birth of her and boyfriend Scott Sinclair’s daughter Matilda in 2015, she took a break from the spotlight.
She continues: ‘Matilda inspires me to be the best person I can be. I feel like I’ve massively matured now I’ve got Matilda.
‘It’s definitely changed me for the better and made me happy, because I feel that it’s given me a reason. Everything gets put into perspective.
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‘You think: “Well, as long as she’s healthy and alright…” It gives a meaning to your life.’
Now that she’s in a better place, it seems like the perfect time for Helen to make a reappearance on Corrie.
And that’s exactly what she’s doing! Earlier this week, it was confirmed that she’ll be returning for a three-month stint early next year.
We can’t wait to have you back, lady.