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Huw Edwards admitted to hospital after mental health episode

Huw Edwards

Huw Edwards’ wife, Vicky Flind, has said he has seen his mental health battle been made public to millions after the TV newsreader was named in the BBC scandal.

Edwards, 61, has been admitted to hospital after he made national headlines suggesting he took advantage of a young vulnerable person.

Last Sunday, 9 July, The Sun newspaper reported a TV star had paid a teenage boy over £30,000 for ‘sexual explicit pictures’ but, at the time, the celebrity was not named.

Over the following days a number of presenters including Rylan Clarke and Gary Lineker distanced themselves from the unknown star after their names began trending on social media.

Edwards was finally named on Wednesday 12 July by his wife, days later the newsreader was taken into hospital after suffering a serious mental health episode.

His family issued a statement saying he will stay in the facility for the "foreseeable future".

Explaining how the recent news has affected her husband’s mental health Flind said: "The events of the last few days have greatly worsened matters, he has suffered another serious episode and is now receiving in-patient hospital care where he’ll stay for the foreseeable future. Once well enough to do so, he intends to respond to the stories that have been published.

“To be clear Huw was first told that there were allegations being made against him last Thursday. In the circumstances and given Huw’s condition I would like to ask that the privacy of my family and everyone else caught up in these upsetting events is respected. I know that Huw is deeply sorry that so many colleagues have been impacted by the recent media speculation. We hope this statement will bring that to an end.”

Edwards, 61, went public with his battles with depression and anxiety in an interview with Alastair Campbell for Men's Health UK where he revealed he had been suffering with his mental health since 2002.

He told Campbell:  "I'm pretty clear that I have suffered - and do suffer - from depression. It's not anxiety, although it includes anxiety, but it tends to hit me in a strong wave and then go away, I think at least I now know when I'm going to enter a phase like that.

"Your mind goes into a place where you don't want to do anything. You can't make any decisions. Things that you usually enjoy, you dread. You come into work and obviously, you do a professional job, but you're kind of pushing your way through it. And, of course, if it's very bad - as it has been a few times over the course of 20 years - you can't work. During the worst one I had, I couldn't get out of bed.”

During his special program on Welsh TV channel S4C, Edwards explained: "Like everyone that suffers with depression, you don't get one bout of it. It comes and goes. For me, it started around 2002 I think. I went down fairly quickly and I couldn't understand it.

"I couldn't get out of bed. I didn't want to go to work. I didn't want to speak to anybody. Maybe it was partly due to the fact that I wasn't happy in work. I couldn't describe how overwhelming it was. I had a bit of a scare and I had never experienced that before. Eventually it did alleviate, and then I had another bout that wasn't quite so severe in the years after that."

In August 2022, Edwards had struggles with his weight due to depression following the death of his father in 2010.

[ For advice and support on mental health visit the Mind website ]

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