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I suffered a breakdown says ex-TV host Fiona

FORMER TV presenter Fiona Phillips said she suffered a breakdown while dealing with GMTV and her family's battle with Alzheimer's.

The 49-year-old, who had been "severely depressed" and quit as a presenter on the show more than a year ago, said she was writing a book about how she dealt with the impact of the disease.

Phillips' mother Amy had Alzheimer's and died three years ago and her father Phil has also been diagnosed with the condition.

Mother-of-two Phillips (above) said: "It's about the build-up of the whole Alzheimer's thing and how I dealt with it. Because, you know, I had a breakdown, dealing with GMTV and what my mum went through."

Phillips said her former colleague Eamonn Holmes would tell her she needed help.

She continued: "I'd say, 'No, no. I'm fine'. But everyone's got hard times so I don't really want to moan on about it."