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'I reached a really bad place': Presenter Michelle Doherty on beating depression

Caitlin McBride

Published 09/07/2014 | 13:48

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Michelle Doherty, Xpose Presenter
Michelle Doherty
Michelle Doherty

Presenter Michelle Doherty has opened up about overcoming her battle with depression.

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The former model is the cover star of this month's Irish Tatler and poses in a series of ensembles showing off her growing baby bump.

She is currently seven months pregnant, expecting her first child with partner Mark O'Shea, a businessman.

And in the revealing interview, Doherty says that there was a 'very low' time in her life when she couldn't cope with the early morning demands of her then-job as breakfast host off at the now defunct Phantom FM.

"I was very low, I reached a really bad place," she said. "I couldn't deal with it. I'm not a morning person, I'm a real night owl. I got to the stage where I hated the sound of my own voice and didn't want to talk to anybody and I just became a little bit of a recluse to be honest.

"Moving to London was the best thing I could've done because I got my life back and I just, I just started to feel normal again.

"But it was really tough."

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She is currently based in London with O'Shea and she has also made the decision to pull back from her budding acting career in favour of more familiar territory in television presenting, which she is best known for in Ireland.

"If you're in this job or in this industry, be it modelling or TV or film, it's just rejection after rejections because you're not suitable for everything so you have to get your head around that rather than taking it personally.

"Most of the time, it involved a lot of travelling and being away from your family and I don't know if that would be for me. So there's a lot of things I need to think about."

She had only made the move across the pond when she was snapped up by Xpose to cover maternity leave for Aisling O'Loughlin.

"You've only one shot at this, don't have any regrets," she told the magazine. "I've always wanted to live in New York and I never had the nerve to do it, so London is my little New York.

"I just went and from that, my whole life has just changed. London is tough as well, don't get me wrong - very tough work-wise."

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