Friday 30 September 2016

Hollyoaks star Stephanie Davis on being axed from the show: 'I'll admit I've been drinking too much'

Published 02/08/2015 | 10:52

Actress Stephanie Davis
Actress Stephanie Davis
Stephanie Davis as Sinead O'Connor in Hollyoaks
Stephanie Davis at the National Television Awards

Hollyoaks actress Stephanie Davis will "hold her hands up" and admit to drinking too much.

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The 22-year-old, who played Sinead O'Connor on the popular soap,  was recently fired after show bosses tired of her partying antics, which she says she embraced in order to cope with a stressful combination of losing her grandmother and her taxing works schedule.

"I will hold my hands up and admit I've been drinking too much," she told the Sunday Mirror.

"I've been struggling for awhile and booze was an escape for me.

Stephanie Davis as Sinead O'Connor in Hollyoaks
Stephanie Davis as Sinead O'Connor in Hollyoaks

"I usually worked six days. My only day off was a Thursday but I went out most Friday and Saturday nights.

"Tropically, I'd share a bottle of prosecco with my friends, then I'd move on to vodka, lime and lemonades. I'd end the night with a few shots of tequila.

Davis also revealed she had battled depression two years in secret after the end of a relationship, but is determined to get her life back on track now in a bid to get back in the good graces of Hollyoaks executives.

She was let go last month after leaving the set in the middle of the day after being warned of the repercussions of calling in sick and acting unprofessional.

Stephanie Davis at the National Television Awards
Stephanie Davis at the National Television Awards

"I had my makeup done, then I just said to one of my castmates, 'I can't do this'. I said I was going to go home. People tried to stop me and warn me about the consequences, but I said, 'I don't care'."

The rising starlet said she was unable to cope with the pressures of fame after shooting to prominence in 2010 during her time on Andrew Lloyd Webber's search for the next Dorothy on Over the Rainbow.

"I think a lot of people get carried away because they're young, they're in a soap and they've got money. But it's made me stronger and I have no regrets," she added.

But her next step is redeeming herself in the public eye and in the industry, saying: "Now I want the world to see who I really am."

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