Rylan Clark health: Star 'not in a good place' after suffering breakdown live on air

The 32-year-old already took a hiatus returning last month to his presenting duties where he is a firm fan favourite. But concerns that he has returned far too quickly after his divorce with ex-husband Dan Neal has prompted the BBC to suggest he take another extended break to “focus on himself”. Rylan is yet to comment on the issue but it is clear after his on-air blip that the star is struggling.

Rylan and Dan started dating in 2013. The pair met when Dan was a contestant on Big Brother and Rylan was hosting the spin-off show Bit on the Side.

After getting engaged a year later the couple were married for six years until Rylan confirmed their split in June of this year.

In a heartfelt statement Rylan felt he needed to “speak out” on the issue. He told The Sun: “Following reports about Dan and I spending time apart, I feel I have to speak out – as the way it is being reported is unfair.

“I have made a number of mistakes which I deeply regret and have inevitably led to the breakdown of our marriage.”


Continuing to explain that he was “not in a good place at the moment” the star decided to take a break from the job he loves and focus more on his mental health adding that he was trying to “seek help”.

Now, going back to being known as Rylan on the credits of Strictly It Takes Two, the star has eliminated any chance of reconciliation with his partner.

A Strictly source added: “He thought it was best to have a fresh start and the easiest way to do that was to go back to just one name.

“He didn’t want to make a big fuss – just to change it onscreen.”

MedicalNewsToday also points out 21 common features of a nervous breakdown which include feeling anxious, depressed, emotionally exhausted, insomnia, trembling, difficulty thinking and in the worst cases having suicidal thoughts.

According to Mental Health Foundation figures, one in 20 of us is likely to suffer from ‘clinical’ depression – that is, serious depression, a disabling disorder including breakdown.

As Dr David Bell, consultant psychiatrist and psychotherapist at the Tavistock Centre, confirmed: “Breakdown is a general term that people use to describe a very, very wide variety of experiences.”

Some of the common ways to deal with and reduce the effects of a nervous breakdown or severe depressive episode is therapy. One of the most popular types is talking therapies – especially cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), along with antidepressant medication. If you or someone you know is suffering with a mental and nervous breakdown the Samaritans suicide prevention helpline is available 24 hours a day on 116 123.


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