X Factor star Mary Byrne shows off two stone weight loss, as she reveals battle with depression
Irish singer Mary Byrne is “in a good place” after taking control of her health.
The 55-year-old, who rose to fame on the 2010 series of The X Factor with her powerhouse vocals, has spoken out about living with depression.
The mother-of-one opened up to RSVP Magazine, stating that she is in a good place despite having her dark moments.
“Suffering from depression is very serious and getting that feeling of dread and panic can have a serious knock on affect in your life,” she told the magazine.
“When you go through those dark moments, you either grow from them or you just lie down and die. I couldn’t lie down and die because there is too much spirit in me. I don’t see depression as a weakness, I see it as a challenge to prove to myself that I am a strong woman and I can get through this. That is what life should be about,” she said.
The Ballyfermot native has also revealed her two stone weight loss.
“I will get down another two stone,” she promised. “I can’t ever be skinny because I am not built that way, but I do want to lose weight for health reasons.”
Mary said that she was inspired by her daughter Deborah (28) who has lost an incredible five stone since embracing a healthier lifestyle.
The former Tesco worker was left “gutted” after she lost out on a chance to represent Ireland at the Eurovision in Vienna later this year.
“I am baffled as to why I didn’t get the chance to perform in the Irish Eurosong final. Maybe they’re looking for somebody younger, or a slimmer version of Mary Byrne,” she recently told The Sunday World.
“I’m gutted because it’s a fabulous song written by Karl Broderick, who is one of the top composers in the country.”
However, she insists that her “glass is half full and it is going to stay that way.”
RSVP Magazine is on newsstands now.