Tuesday 12 December 2017

Edele Lynch reveals she suffered breakdown after marriage collapse

Edele Lynch.
Edele Lynch.
Edele and Michael's wedding in 2006
Edele models Britney's new collection. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Edele models Britney's new collection. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Edele and Shane Lynch training in their new Active gym in Drumcondra, Dublin. El Keegan
Celebrity Big Brother 2014 contestant Edele Lynch

Anita McSorley

Former B*Witched singer Edele Lynch has revealed she suffered a breakdown last year following her marriage collapse.

She was married to fitness instructor Michael Barrett for seven years.

Edele and Michael's wedding in 2006
Edele and Michael's wedding in 2006

The  mother-of-three, who has recently returned home to Dublin after a month in the Celebrity Big Brother house, said that she thought her breakdown last year helped her to mentally prepare for the show but admitted she didn’t expect the experience it to be so emotional.

The 35-year-old made it to the final of the Channel 5 reality show, during which she controversially hopped into bed with Googlebox star George Gilbey.

Celebrity Big Brother 2014 contestant Edele Lynch
Celebrity Big Brother 2014 contestant Edele Lynch

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“I knew I wasn’t going to break down because I had a break down before Christmas. I knew my mental capabilities had already been pushed to their limits. However I didn’t quite expect how emotional it would be,” she told the Irish Daily Mail.

Edele models Britney's new collection. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Edele models Britney's new collection. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Prior to her stint in the infamous Big Brother house, she had recently separated from her husband, and confessed that they “had been struggling for a few years”.

“I was in denial. I always wanted four kids and I wasn’t ready to let go of the idea that a fourth child was going to happen.

“We decided we should separate in December, that it would be the right thing to do and he moved out in April. We’ve been years trying to work on our marriage. We did everything to make it work but it didn’t and I have to accept it," she added.

The couple have three children together, Ceol (7), Harley (4) and Enya (3).

Last year, Edele spoke about her twin sister Keavy’s break down.

The two sisters, along with Sinead O’Carroll and Lindsay Armaou, founded B*Witched in 1997 and became the first girl band to have four consecutive number one UK hits.

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“In the band, Keavy was completely exhausted and she hated all the attention on her. She was completely lost and just didn't want to want to wake up in the morning, she didn't want to be alive.

“After the band split, I had hours a day on the phone for months just trying to keep her head above water,” she told Heat magazine last February.

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