Clark’s struggle with mental health

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Rylan Clark has spoken to Davina McCall on his podcast Ry-Union about the strain he has been under after splitting from his partner Dan Neal.

The TV presenter stopped using his social media platforms for four months by explaining they were both ‘prioritising’ on their mental health since the divorce in July after being married for six years.

Clark told McCall: ‘I was ill. I was really in a bad way for that four months.

‘It’s really strange, because lately, I’ve been thinking about it. It was summer as well. Last summer was really hot and people were enjoying themselves and I had no phone.’

Clark’s social media feed was run by his management team during his absence.

 ‘I saw nothing. In one respect, that was the best thing for me. In the same respect, I look back now and I do regret how I got, but I couldn’t help how I got,’ he recalled.

‘I wished I’d just gone to work. I wish I had the ability to go to work and try and distract myself from what was going on in my life, but I actually couldn’t. For every hour that passed, it got worse and worse and worse.’

In September Clark broke his silence by tweeting: ‘So… What did I miss?’

He admitted it was difficult to make a return to social media after being away from the platforms all through last summer.

Clark explained: ‘It took a lot for me to go back to social media but I knew I had to do it, for want of a better term, to feel normal again because it was part of my job and it was part of my life.’

The stress saw Clark lose weight, at one point after jumping on the scales he realised he had dropped to under 10 stone.

‘I never thought that something like that would ever happen to me, like that I’d mentally get so bad,’ he added.

‘But now it has, it doesn’t scare me that it can happen again. It just makes me realise that you’re not invincible and, whatever life throws at you now, as hard as things might be, I’ve been there…

‘Once you’ve been there, you know you’ve got it in you to never let yourself go that far again because, ultimately, it is you. It is you that lets you go there…

‘And as much as I’ll have my days where I feel shit, I then have to realise actually that, where I was was the worst place I could’ve been, and where I am now, even if I don’t feel amazing, it’s not there.’

Rylan Clark has been a member of several Take That and Westlife tribute acts in Ibiza.