Frankie details her mental health struggles at Glamour’s Women Of The Year Awards

Frankie Bridge discussed having suicidal thoughts as she was named the Mental Health Gamechanger winner at Glamour’s virtual Women Of the Year Awards 2021 on Thursday. 

The former Saturdays singer, 32, emotionally spoke how she overcame overwhelming thoughts of anxiety and depression to improve her mental wellbeing.

She confirmed that she first disclosed her mental health struggles during a previous interview with Glamour, while humbly accepting her trophy from an unknown studio location. 

Open: Frankie Bridge discussed having suicidal thoughts as she was named the Mental Health Gamechanger winner at Glamour's virtual Women Of the Year Awards 2021 on Thursday

Open: Frankie Bridge discussed having suicidal thoughts as she was named the Mental Health Gamechanger winner at Glamour's virtual Women Of the Year Awards 2021 on Thursday

Open: Frankie Bridge discussed having suicidal thoughts as she was named the Mental Health Gamechanger winner at Glamour’s virtual Women Of the Year Awards 2021 on Thursday

Frankie was seen rocking a plunging tulle dress in a muted pink hue as she delivered her candid acceptance speech: ‘I always say that I was someone who was born anxious. 

‘As I grew up in the public eye, I realised that I didn’t have much control over my own life, and it got to a point where I felt like I was coming into work and I was being “Frankie from The Saturdays,” rather than just Frankie.

‘I started feeling that I didn’t want to be around anymore, I didn’t want to live my life anymore. I wasn’t able to cope with day-to-day normal life without crying. 

‘I found I wanted to spend all my time in bed and hide away. That was when I realised that maybe my depression and anxiety had taken over me rather than me having control over it.’

Progress: The former Saturdays singer, 32, discussed how she overcame overwhelming thoughts of anxiety and depression to improve her mental wellbeing

Progress: The former Saturdays singer, 32, discussed how she overcame overwhelming thoughts of anxiety and depression to improve her mental wellbeing

Progress: The former Saturdays singer, 32, discussed how she overcame overwhelming thoughts of anxiety and depression to improve her mental wellbeing

Accomplishment: She confirmed she first disclosed her mental health struggles during a previous interview with Glamour, while humbly accepting her trophy from an unknown studio location

Accomplishment: She confirmed she first disclosed her mental health struggles during a previous interview with Glamour, while humbly accepting her trophy from an unknown studio location

Accomplishment: She confirmed she first disclosed her mental health struggles during a previous interview with Glamour, while humbly accepting her trophy from an unknown studio location

The Saturdays singer previously revealed that she reached a low point during filming for the band’s melancholic track, My Heart Takes Over, in 2011. 

She was admitted to a psychiatric ward that same year after suffering from a mental breakdown. 

According to Frankie, she decided to open up to Glamour magazine about her struggles in hopes of helping others.  

She continued: ‘I chose Glamour magazine to speak to about my mental health because it just seemed right at the time. I felt like they were going to be sensitive to the subject and they really were, they really got it. 

Inner demons: Frankie rocked a plunging tulle dress in a muted pink hue and said: 'I started feeling that I didn't want to be around anymore, I didn’t want to live my life anymore'

Inner demons: Frankie rocked a plunging tulle dress in a muted pink hue and said: 'I started feeling that I didn't want to be around anymore, I didn’t want to live my life anymore'

Inner demons: Frankie rocked a plunging tulle dress in a muted pink hue and said: ‘I started feeling that I didn’t want to be around anymore, I didn’t want to live my life anymore’

Looking back: The Saturdays singer reached a low point during filming for the band's track, My Heart Takes Over, in 2011, and was admitted to a psychiatric ward that same year

Looking back: The Saturdays singer reached a low point during filming for the band's track, My Heart Takes Over, in 2011, and was admitted to a psychiatric ward that same year

Looking back: The Saturdays singer reached a low point during filming for the band’s track, My Heart Takes Over, in 2011, and was admitted to a psychiatric ward that same year

‘There was part of me that chose to do the interview to say, “actually, I was in hospital because I had anxiety and depression and this is my story,” but obviously I wanted to help others to open up and seek help where they needed to, and it did that. 

‘The fact that people still come up and tell me about that one interview in Glamour magazine just means so much to me.’

Frankie tied the knot with her partner Wayne, 40, in a in a private ceremony in 2014 and they share two sons, Parker, seven, and Carter, five.

She praised her children for teaching her the importance of living in the moment and valuing the ‘simple things’.  

Family: She praised her children for teaching her the importance of valuing the 'simple things' (pictured with sons, Parker, seven, Carter, five, and husband Wayne, 40, last year)

Family: She praised her children for teaching her the importance of valuing the 'simple things' (pictured with sons, Parker, seven, Carter, five, and husband Wayne, 40, last year)

Family: She praised her children for teaching her the importance of valuing the ‘simple things’ (pictured with sons, Parker, seven, Carter, five, and husband Wayne, 40, last year)

While clutching her Gamechanger Award, she said: ‘I remember watching my son bouncing on a trampoline and the pure joy and excitement of that simple thing made me realise as you get older, you don’t appreciate those little things.

‘Seeing life though a child’s eye is amazing, they [Frankie’s children] make me extremely happy, some days not so much,’ she laughed.

Frankie concluded her speech: ‘Thank you so much Glamour for my Mental Health Gamechanger Award. It means so much to me, it’s so nice to know that just by having honest and open conversions you feel like I’m helping people. 

‘And this award is just the cherry on the top so thank you so much.’ 

For confidential support call the Samaritans in the UK on 08457 90 90 90, visit a local Samaritans branch or click here for details 

Content: While clutching her Gamechanger Award, she said: 'Seeing life though a child’s eye is amazing, they [Frankie's children] make me extremely happy'

Content: While clutching her Gamechanger Award, she said: 'Seeing life though a child’s eye is amazing, they [Frankie's children] make me extremely happy'

Content: While clutching her Gamechanger Award, she said: ‘Seeing life though a child’s eye is amazing, they [Frankie’s children] make me extremely happy’

GLAMOUR Women Of The Year Awards 2021: The Gamechangers  

The 2021 Gamechangers awards honour women – and one man – who have broken down barriers, incited change and campaigned for justice.

Here are the winners: 

Gamechangers in Music

Little Mix

Gamechanging Creator

Awkwafina

Sports Gamechanger

Naomi Osaka

Gamechanging actor

Priyanka Chopra Jonas

New Gen Gamechanger

Yara Shahidi

Beauty Gamechanger

Millie Bobby Brown

Gamechanging Model

Ellie Goldstein  

Gamechanging Rising Star

Lydia West 

Gamechanging Charity

Agnes Mwakatuma, Black Minds Matter UK 

Gamechanging Influencer

 Munroe Bergdorf

Gamechanging Author

 Bernardine Evaristo

Gamechanging Man

 Marcus Rashford

Gamechanging Entrepreneur

 Huda Kattan

Mental Health Gamechanger

 Frankie Bridge

Justice Gamechanger

 Amika George

Tech Gamechanger

 Tania Boler, Elvie CEO

Fashion Gamechanger

 Victoria Beckham

Wellness Gamechanger

 Miranda Kerr

Environmental Gamechanger

 Dame Vivienne Westwood

Gamechanging Icon

 Kylie Minogue

 

Advertisement

link

(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)

Leave a Reply