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Fearne Cotton praises husband Jesse Wood as she opens up about battle with depression

Sharnaz Shahid
Sharnaz ShahidDeputy Online Editor
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Fearne Cotton has opened up about her struggles with depression, claiming she felt "drained, anti-social and alienated" during her darkest days. The TV presenter praised her rocker husband Jesse Wood for his ongoing support as she continues to work hard to overcome the illness. In her new book Happy, the 35-year-old wrote: "I had a real lack of energy. I felt so drained and my lust for everything that I love wasn't there anymore.

"I'm very optimistic by nature, I wake up in the morning and I'm very excited about my day, I'm so pumped and enthusiastic about the smaller things in life and that was dead. Everything was a drag and felt heavy. I felt anti-social, cut-off, alienated and they were massive warning signs. Everyone has that lightbulb moment that they need to do something differently, but for me it was feeling stuck."

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Fearne Cotton has opened up about her struggles with depression

The popular television personality and her musician partner are parents to Rex, three, and one-year-old Honey, and Fearne credits spending time with her family for giving her a real boost in life. "I'm exceptionally lucky that I met someone who's so unbelievably free-spirited and curious about life and open-minded," she shared. "He's constantly a good soundboard and has a very positive outlook."

Fearne talks to HELLO! about changing her outlook on life

Speaking about becoming a parent, she explained: "I got really unselfish really quickly. Before, it was just me on my own worrying about whether I should do this job or not, then it became about loving other people and how we divide our time." Fearne is also a stepmother to Jesse's two children - Arthur, 14, and Lola, 10 - from his marriage with first wife Catherine 'Tilly' Boone.

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The presenter praised her rocker husband Jesse Wood for his ongoing support

Last year, the star discussed how motherhood changed her outlook. "If I'm feeling a bit rubbish, it can be instantly switched up by hanging with my kids, my husband or good friends," she told HELLO! Online. "As I've got older I've realised it really is simple things like that, or yoga or swimming or baking - whatever little hobby or ritual you need to kind of click yourself back in." She also noted: "What I want out of life has changed massively, and it's less about achieving things and goals and more about general wellbeing and happiness."

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