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