Thursday 18 January 2018

Vogue Williams reveals crippling anxiety worsened during split with Brian McFadden: 'It's hard to explain to people'

Vogue Williams attends the House of Holland show during London Fashion Week September 2017 on September 16, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage)
Vogue Williams attends the House of Holland show during London Fashion Week September 2017 on September 16, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Gerrish/WireImage)
Vogue Williams and Brian McFadden in 2013
Vogue Williams takes to the decks at Virginia Macari's Paradise Collection launch. Pic: Brian McEvoy
Vogue Williams
Vogue Williams and Brian McFadden
Vogue Williams seen at the ITV Studios on October 2, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by HGL/GC Images)
Spencer Matthews and Vogue Williams. Picture: Instagram
Vogue Williams and Brian McFadden attend the Lavazza marquee on Crown Oaks Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 8, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Vogue Williams (L) and Spencer Matthews (R) attends the Dolce & Gabbana show during Milan Men's Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 on June 17, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
Brian McFadden & Vogue Williams arrive at the Marie Keating Foundation celebrity golf classic dinner in 2011
Brian McFadden & Vogue Williams in Dublin in 2013

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Vogue Williams suffers from such bad anxiety that she sometimes can't leave her house.

The 32-year-old model and DJ - who recently moved in with her reality TV star boyfriend Spencer Matthews, 28 - was diagnosed with the condition almost a decade ago but says it was at its worst during her split from Brian McFadden in 2015.

Vogue Williams seen at the ITV Studios on October 2, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by HGL/GC Images)
Vogue Williams seen at the ITV Studios on October 2, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by HGL/GC Images)

She told the Sunday Mirror: "It is horrible. Sometimes I wouldn't want to go out. I keep myself to myself and I am not one for going out with huge groups of people any more.

"I have started wearing gum shields again because I grind my teeth really badly when I go to bed. It is really weird and hard to explain to people.

"I will get a racing heart and my whole body is tense. I will get knackered after a day if I have been anxious. I've had it since my early 20s."

Speaking about dealing with the illness during her split from Brian, she said: "I had it before but going through that made it so much worse. I had a really bad back for a while and had to go on medication, so that made it worse.

Vogue Williams and Brian McFadden attend the Lavazza marquee on Crown Oaks Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 8, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Vogue Williams and Brian McFadden attend the Lavazza marquee on Crown Oaks Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 8, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

"That was when I was at my lowest. I was on a beta-blocker – it blocks the symptoms of anxiety. I wasn't sleeping... or I was getting an hour a night."

Vogue also opened up about her relationship with Spencer, praising the star as her "best friend".

She said: "We moved in together. He was away for five weeks for a show so I am glad he is back. He is my best pal. I remember thinking we would be best friends forever. It is the first relationship where I don't have fights with people. We have disagreements, but that's okay."

Vogue Williams (L) and Spencer Matthews (R) attends the Dolce & Gabbana show during Milan Men's Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 on June 17, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
Vogue Williams (L) and Spencer Matthews (R) attends the Dolce & Gabbana show during Milan Men's Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 on June 17, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)

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