Strictly Come Dancing’s Kym Marsh reveals she almost quit the show after suffering a panic attack during rehearsals
Come dance strictly Contestant Kym Marsh considered quitting the show following a panic attack during rehearsals.
“It came to me, almost out of nowhere, and I couldn’t go on,” she began.
“I’ve always suffered from panic attacks. It’s something I don’t hesitate to talk about because I know it can affect anyone at any time. Sometimes it’s been ages [since an attack] and then suddenly there is a knock.
“Everyone thinks because you’re on TV you have to be incredibly confident, but the truth is I’m not always and that’s how it goes,” Marsh explained.
“I don’t know exactly what caused it, I think I had had some harsh comments from the judges the week before, I also worked other jobs at the same time, so it’s tiring, and I completely lost my confidence. I broke down and said “I don’t think I can do this”.
“At that point, I wasn’t even sure if I could continue the show. It’s hard to explain, you don’t see it coming. I went to therapy for anxiety and tried things like that, but it can still climb.” , usually just when you could most live without it.”
“There were a lot of tears, and some of the other guys had to step in to help me and they canceled the rehearsal at that point. Everyone was great in the team and the production, Hamza was especially kindly.
“He just calmed me down and tried to remind me, ‘We’re just dancing,’ and it was Graziano who really helped me,” Marsh added.
“He’s just the most amazing man.”
Come dance strictly airs Saturdays and Sundays on BBC One, while spin-off Strictly: it takes two aired weeknights on BBC Two. Both shows are also streaming on BBC iPlayer.
If you have been affected by the issues raised in this story, organizations that can offer support include the Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the United States are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov.