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Frankie Bridge had to shoot The Saturdays video despite poor mental health: ‘I looked dead behind the eyes’

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Frankie struggled with her mental health at the height of her fame in The Saturdays (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV)

Frankie Bridge opened up about her lowest point while she was in girl band The Saturdays as she had to shoot a music video when her mental health wasn’t in a good place.

The singer recalled ‘begging’ her manager to make sure the shoot, which took place in Iceland for the song My Heart Takes Over, didn’t overrun as she had only mentally prepared herself for one day.

She made it through the shoot, and with the help of her now husband Wayne Bridge and her doctor she was checked into a private psychiatric hospital.

Speaking on Thursday’s Loose Women she said: ‘I felt like I’d become Frankie from The Saturdays and I’d become two people.

‘Wayne didn’t know what to do and called my GP and she came to see me, spoke to Wayne and me, and rang my manager and psychiatrist who said, “The only way we’re going to help you is to take you away from the situation.” There wasn’t gonna be a good time.’

Speaking to panelists Nadia Sawalha, Jane Moore and Sunetra Sarker, she continued: ‘They booked me into a hospital but we’d booked this video in Iceland so I’d mentally prepared myself, this is gonna be my last job. The girls didn’t know what was going to happen. I look at that video and I just look dead behind the eyes. I look so slim.

‘There was something wrong with weather and they were saying the shoot might take more than one day. I remember looking at my manager begging him like, “please I can’t”. It was scary. I wasn’t able to keep myself well and I was ready to hand myself over to anyone who could do it for me.’

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Frankie had to film the music video for My Heart Takes Over in Iceland (Picture: YouTube)

The Forever Is Over singer has been open in the past about her mental health at the height of the girl group’s fame.

She revealed she battled anxiety, stress, and uncontrollable panic attacks to the point she ‘couldn’t see the point of living any more’.

In hospital, where she stayed for a month, she started to speak to other patients who were all battling demons of their own, and she found the experience ‘amazing’.

Writing in her new book Open: Why Asking For Help Can Save Your Life, she explained: ‘There were so many people who had experienced the same feelings as me, if not worse, that I felt understood and not so alone. I no longer had to hide, cover up and lie about how I was.’


Credit: Original article published here.

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