Tuesday 23 January 2018

X Factor star Mary Byrne shows off two stone weight loss, as she reveals battle with depression

Mary Byrne for RSVP Magazine. Picture: Twitter.com/@RSVPMagazine
Mary Byrne for RSVP Magazine. Picture: Twitter.com/@RSVPMagazine
Mary Byrne in January 2015
Mary Byrne
Dubliner Mary Byrne has admitted she felt she could have made it into the final of the X Factor if it had been left to the public vote
Mary Byrne performs 'Never Can Say Goodbye' during Saturday night's 'X Factor'. The singer was voted off the show last night
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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.

Mary Byrne in January 2015
Mary Byrne in January 2015

“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.

Mary Byrne in January 2015
Mary Byrne in January 2015

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.”

Mary Byrne in 2011
Mary Byrne in 2011

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