Frankie Essex considered suicide

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Frankie Essex

Frankie Essex

Frankie Essex has admitted she thought about killing herself last year after she piled on the pounds and split from her boyfriend John Lyons.

Frankie Essex almost committed suicide last year.

The former 'The Only Way is Essex' star - who is known for her bubbly personality and care-free view on life - lost her mother Tina when she was just 13 years old but finds the devastating blow she endured as a teenager still affects her now and almost encouraged her to take her own life recently.

She explained: "I did think about killing myself, like my mum. She was depressed and I'm scared I'll fall into that hole.

"But I'm on antidepressants now and they're helping me feel happier. I want to be the old Frankie again."

The blonde beauty found herself falling into a downward spiral after she piled on the pounds - ballooning to her biggest - and ending her toxic relationship with her boyfriend John Lyons.

She said: "I'd lost all my confidence. I had a really sh** year, probably the worst year I've ever had, and I was really down. I lived with my boyfriend John and I had to move out."

The 28-year-old reality TV star moved in with her cousin Chloe Sims for a month and believes if it wasn't for her former co-star then she probably wouldn't be here today.

She added to NOW magazine: "I'm on a six-week waiting list to see a counsellor. If it wasn't for Chloe [Sims, her cousin], I don't know where I'd be today."

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