Sunday 15 September 2019

Nicola Hughes reveals she took anti-anxiety medication after Alex Mytton split: 'I was absolutely devastated'

Nicola Hughes and ex-boyfriend Alex Mytton
Nicola Hughes and ex-boyfriend Alex Mytton
Made In Chelsea couple Alex Mytton & Nicola Hughes visit Industry Nightclub in Dunboyne
Nicola Hughes attends the Aspinal of London - Presentation during the London Fashion Week February 2017 collections on February 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
Nicola Hughes and ex-boyfriend Alex Mytton. Picture: Instagram
Nicola Hughes attending the European premiere of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets at Cineworld in Leicester Square, London
Nicola Hughes and boyfriend Alex Mytton
Nicola Hughes and Alex Mytton in Morocco. Picture: Instagram
Nicola Hughes and Alex Mytton attending the Specsavers 'Spectacle Wearer of the Year' party on October 6, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/GC Images)
(L-R) Nicola Hughes and Alex Mytton attend the launch of Beauty Unbound at Westfield London on May 5, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for Westfield)
Nicola Hughes and Alex Mytton
Alex Mytton and Nicola Hughes on Made in Chelsea
Alex Mytton and Nicola Hughes spent New Year's in Co Mayo despite appearing to break up in a recent episode. Photo: Twitter: @NicolaMHughes
Nicola Hughes and Charlie Tupper attend Wimbledon as evian guests during day 6 on July 8, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images for evian)
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Irish reality tv star Nicola Hughes said she began taking anti-anxiety medication in 2016 to help her cope with a bad break-up.

The pageant queen from Dublin's Sandyford played a pivotal role on Made in Chelsea from 2016 where her tumultuous relationship with ex-boyfriend Alex Mytton played out in front of the cameras. The couple eventually split last year after two years together and she previously labelled him a "gross, vile human being" for his infidelities.

Nicola Hughes and boyfriend Alex Mytton
Nicola Hughes and boyfriend Alex Mytton

But Hughes has revealed her upset ran much deeper as she struggled to cope with his betrayal as she suffers from panic attacks and anxiety.

"He cheated on me and it all kind of went spiralling downwards. Oh, God, I was devastated. Absolutely. When I broke up with my ex, I took tablets to calm me down," she told Hot Press.

She says the lothario tried to convince her to reconcile earlier this year, but she turned him down as she had finally reached a positive place in her life.

"I’d gotten my confidence back. I got my independence back. I was in a good place. I didn't want to ruin that," she said.

(L-R) Nicola Hughes and Alex Mytton attend the launch of Beauty Unbound at Westfield London on May 5, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for Westfield)
(L-R) Nicola Hughes and Alex Mytton attend the launch of Beauty Unbound at Westfield London on May 5, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for Westfield)

"And luckily I didn’t go back because I know it would’ve been the worse decision I could’ve ever made."

Hughes has been vocal about her experiences on the E4 reality show, both good and bad, and while it's responsible for catapulting her to fame in the UK, she wasn't tempted to return after her relationship ended in a bid to control her onscreen portrayal, telling Independent.ie Style last year it was "nice to have my freedom back".

"They asked me to fly out there and film in London as well but why would I want to do that? Why would I want to talk about a really horrible time for me?"

Meanwhile, the 27-year-old expanded on her experience with anxiety, adding that she sees a therapist to help her cope with her panic attacks, saying she uses medication in "extreme cases".

Nicola Hughes attends the Aspinal of London - Presentation during the London Fashion Week February 2017 collections on February 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
Nicola Hughes attends the Aspinal of London - Presentation during the London Fashion Week February 2017 collections on February 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)

"I’m a really bad traveller: planes, tubes, sometimes in taxis. I don’t like being in any confined space," she explained.

"I go to events regularly and they can make me panicky because I’m surrounded by loads of people. So, it’s weird the job I do because I do suffer from that really badly."

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