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Alesha Dixon, best known for her role as a judge on ITV’s hit reality show Britain’s Got Talent has spoken out about struggling with her mental health during her second pregnancy.
The Strictly Come Dancing winner, 42, has described how she suffered when eight months pregnant with her second child and was filming The Greatest Dancer at the same time.
In a candid interview with The Sun, she opened up about how she would lock herself in the bathroom and sob with exhaustion during filming.
She revealed: “I was filming The Greatest Dancer in high heels right up until I was eight months pregnant.
“I was working hard and looking after another child at the same time.
“It was overwhelming and I would have moments when I felt really down and was really struggling but didn’t really know why.
“I think a lot of women can relate to locking themselves in the bathroom and having a little cry.”
Alesha, who recently shared a rare snap of her daughter, is mum to Azura, seven, and Anaya, two.
The mum of two was inspired to speak out about her struggles after sports favourites Naomi Osaka and Simone Biles both openly pulled out of their respective sports as a result of mental health struggles.
Alesha said: “It can be really confusing being pregnant, because on the one hand you are joyful, excited and happy to be having a baby, but then your hormones and your emotions are saying the opposite.
“It’s like you don’t have control of your emotions and feelings, which can be scary.
“Your emotions get the better of you but then you have to dust yourself off, put on a smile and get on with your day pretending that everything is OK. It can be hard.
“It is something that only women in that situation will really understand.”
The star has channelled her mental health issues into music and has released a new single, War, which is the singer’s first single in five years.
War is inspired by her struggles and is a positive anthem to anyone struggling with mental health.
She told The Sun: “Music has always been like therapy for me.
“It has always been the one thing that, no matter what I have gone through in my life, I can let it out through my writing.
“I am a person who can talk a lot and I do have a lot to say but I am still afraid to open up and be completely vulnerable.”
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