Fearne Cotton on Lorraine

Fearne Cotton says when it comes to depression, no one is immune: 'I'm just like everyone'

Sharnaz Shahid

Fearne Cotton has said her charmed celebrity life has not made her immune to depression. Appearing on Thursday's Lorraine, the 35-year-old - who talks about her battle with mental health in great lengths in her new book Happy - confessed that she still has difficult days. "I was really really unhappy, but during that period I learned so much," she explained. "My whole perspective changed. I came out of the fog. I thought, 'OK. What information can I share from this?' I haven't completely got it sussed. But when you're open about things, that's when you dispel the myths and the taboos."

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"I'm not immune from loss, bereavement or depression, just like anyone else," she added. The popular television personality's appearance comes just as she was announced as an official ambassador for mental health charity, Mind. Fearne hopes to raise awareness so support can reach even more people experiencing a mental health problem and keep them well. "My book isn't a guide and doesn't really have tips, but I've shared things that have happened to me," the presenter explained. "It's better to do a few things well, than do a million things badly and flounder. You can find joy in getting fresh air, going for a walk. It's about letting go of perfect."

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Fearne Cotton has said when it comes to depression, no one is immune

In her new book, Fearne praised her rocker husband Jesse Wood for his ongoing support as she continues to work hard to overcome the illness. "I had a real lack of energy," she wrote. "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 has opened up about her struggles with depression

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The former BBC1 radio host 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 is also a stepmother to Jesse's two children - Arthur, 14, and 10-year-old Lola - from his marriage with first wife Catherine 'Tilly' Boone.

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