EXCLUSIVE: Fearne Cotton Reveals 'Feeling Like A Freak' Over Mental Health Fears

Fearne Cotton isn't one to shy away from speaking candidly about serious issues, and after the success of her books Happy and Calm, she has launched her very own podcast where celebrities reveal their own 'happy place'.

Mum-of-two Fearne has spoken openly about her struggles with anxiety, and has revealed for the first time how experiencing panic attacks left her 'feeling like a freak'.

Instagram/Fearne Cotton
Instagram/Fearne Cotton

She exclusively told PRETTY52: "I certainly felt really alienated when I had panic attacks for the first time, I felt like a complete freak.

"I thought why is this happening to me, why are all these weird physical things happening, and I'm a bit of a worrier anyway and get quite anxious about things so you just think 'why can't I be like one of those breezy, care-free types out there'.

"I think a lot of people felt the same, so I think that to be able to talk about that honestly was quite refreshing."

Instagram/Fearne Cotton
Instagram/Fearne Cotton

Fearne decided to take to writing her books as a way of telling the story of her own struggles in a bid to help others who also suffer with the stress of modern-day life.

Both books were met with such a successful response, that Fearne decided to create her own podcast, Happy, where she delves further into the issues whilst chatting to a variety of celebs including Tom Daley and Paloma Faith.

She explained: "I think generationally we've started to become a much more vocal group of people and I think we're better at communicating and not feeling ashamed or worried about other people's perceptions and it is more acceptable.

"The biggest lesson for me was that being honest, being authentic, and being truly who you are is only ever really beneficial, because people can't really argue with you being you."

Throughout the series of Happy, Fearne gets in-depth with her guests in their own 'happy place', while they discuss how they deal with their own mental and physical well-being.

"My main goal was just to have brilliant, interesting minds tell their story with a good long 45 minutes to an hour to do so and for the listener to walk away feeling like they've been boosted in some way, helped in some way, given a dose of solace or escapism or rest bite," Fearne explained.

Episode one in the series features Tom Daley and his husband Lance Black discussing the prejudice they have faced over using a surrogate to bear a child, and episode two hears how Dawn French regards herself as an introvert since retreating back to her native west country.

Both episodes are available to stream on Spotify or the Podcast app now.

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Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Junior Journalist at PRETTY52. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining the team in 2017. Contact her on emma.rosemurgey@pretty52.com

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