Ulrika Jonsson: Depression made my marriage 'stronger'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 May 2012
Ulrika Jonsson

Ulrika Jonsson

Ulrika Jonsson believes battling depression has made her marriage to Brian Monet "stronger"

Ulrika Jonsson says battling depression has made her marriage "stronger".

The 'Celebrity Big Brother' winner opened up about her marriage to her third husband, Brian Monet, after they renewed their vows in a romantic Barbados beach ceremony and revealed her struggles with the mental illness have made her appreciate her spouse even more.

She told HELLO! magazine: "Hard times either force you apart or bring you closer together. The stresses and pressures we have experienced over the past couple of years, I am thrilled to say, have made us stronger."

The 44-year-old TV presenter acknowledged the ceremony was their chance to "do something special" after years of chronic back pain which took her "down the lonely road of depression". Ulrika has repviously revealed she was in "unbearable pain 24/7" after the degenerative condition struck her in June 2007.

Guests at the vow renewal ceremony included their son Malcolm, 3, Ulrika's eight-year-old daughter, Martha, with second husband Lance Gerrard-Wright, and daughter Bo, 11, from her relationship with Markus Kempen.

Ulrika's son Cameron, 17 - from her marriage to John Turnbull - did not attend as he is currently preparing for his AS Level exams.

Swedish-born Ulrika spoke highly of advertising executive Brian at the ceremony, gushing: "He is a jaw-droppingly brilliant father who has the same values of parenthood as I do. His patience knows no bounds. His love for our children is unconditional and their love for him completes our family entirely."

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