Saturday 21 September 2019

'I took a long time to get back on my feet' - B*Witched singer Edele Lynch on marriage split

Edele Lynch.
Edele Lynch.
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

B*Witched singer Edele Lynch has revealed she turned to mediation to help her to get over the break-up of her marriage.

Edele (39) was married to Michael Barrett for seven years but they split before she took part in Channel 5 reality show Celebrity Big Brother in 2014.

They have three children together.

"When I split from my husband I took a long time to get back on my feet.  I couldn't have done it without my family. That was when I started to get into mind meditation," she told the Irish Sun on Sunday.

B*Witched (L-R) Sisters Keavy and Edele Lynch, Sinead O'Carroll and Lindsay Armaou
B*Witched (L-R) Sisters Keavy and Edele Lynch, Sinead O'Carroll and Lindsay Armaou

Edele revealed the impact the split had on her mental health.

"There was a while when I could only get up adn make sure the kids were dressed and fed.  I couldn't do anything else," she said.

"I needed to get out of the rut and meditation did that for me.  Life gets mad sometimes and when things get out of control, it's the only thing that helps."

The singer has a new focus now as B*Witched are gearing up for new gigs this summer including Dublin's Gay Pride festival on June 29 and a date a the 3Arena in October.

10/28/99 Las Vegas, NV. B*Witched at The WB Radio Music Awards, held at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Photo by Brenda Chase Online USA, Inc.
10/28/99 Las Vegas, NV. B*Witched at The WB Radio Music Awards, held at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Photo by Brenda Chase Online USA, Inc.

Edele and her twin sister Keavy, Lindsay Armaou and Sinead O'Carroll formed as B*Witched in 1997 and the group released two albums and eight singles.

Their first four singles, 'C'est la Vie', 'Rollercoaster', 'To You I Belong', and 'Blame it on the Weatherman' hit number one in the UK.  However, they were dropped by their label in 2002.

Speaking to Digital Spy this week, Edele's sister Keavy revealed that she struggled with her own mental health issues after the band split.

"I got to the point in my life where I wasn't even sure if I wanted to live, I get quite tearful saying that now.  I haven't thought about that in a long time," Keavy said of the time after the band split.

The mum of one added that she felt there was a "stigma" attached to seeking help at the time.

"When I look back now, I just think that I can't believe I was in a place where I found it so hard to say that I need help," she said.

"It's the stigma attached to it. I just didn’t feel brave enough to say I wasn't doing okay because I thought people would judge me or they'd laugh. It was the best thing I ever did and I wish I did it years earlier."

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