Darren Day helps Danniella Westbrook through relapse
- Bang Showbiz
- 17 January 2017
Darren Day encouraged Danniella Westbrook to move to Liverpool after her relapse because the night life in London wasn't helping her curb her drug addiction
Darren Day has been helping Danniella Westbrook get through her relapse.
The 43-year-old actress - who spent three weeks with the hunky actor in the 'Celebrity Big Brother' house last year - has been leaning on the theatre star, who has been to rehab numerous times in the past due to his addicted to drugs and alcohol, following her recent suicide attempts because he understands her suffering.
Speaking to Now magazine, she said: "I've left the south and moved to Liverpool. I needed to get away from the people around me, so I went somewhere I didn't know many people. I moved near Darren Day and my other close friend from 'Celebrity Big Brother', Christopher Maloney. He's a good friend to me, him and his wife. He's cried on the phone to me, saying: 'Danniella, please, I'm worried about you.'
"He told me the best thing he ever did was get on a train and move up north. That's what I'm trying to do. I have to. I care about my kids so I have to look after my own life. I want to be around actors and people in the industry that I want to be part of again."
The former 'EastEnders' star has already seen a huge improvement in her recovery following her move to Liverpool because people have time to rally around her.
She explained: "I feel like everyone in London has an agenda but in Liverpool it's very community based - people still have the time to have a cup of tea with you.
"And it's a student city - I'm not going to be going out drinking with students, am I? There isn't that dark seedy London club scene."
Danniella - who famously lost her septum in 2000 due to cocaine use - thinks she resembles Drew Barrymore, who battled with drugs and alcohol as a teenager, because it was the English capital's night life that made her spiral our of control again.
She said: "I was like the British Drew Barrymore, taking coke in nightclubs at the age of 14. I'm glad to be away from London, although my heart will always be with my ex-boyfriend George, who still lives in south London."