Gordon Ramsay's daughter Holly has spoken for the first time about her experience of sexual assault and how it led to her being hospitalised with PTSD. The 21-year-old made the revelations on Wednesday on her podcast, 21 & Over.
Holly opened up about the fact that she was sexually assaulted twice when she was 18, which led to her developing PTSD and struggling to cope.
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She said: "I went to university, studied fashion design, and I loved it. But by the second half of the first year I was being affected by my PTSD and I had no idea that this was happening."
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"I was going out a lot, missing class because I’d been out. I wasn’t enjoying myself at all. I was struggling a lot."
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The model revealed that it took her a year to tell anyone about the assaults but praised her parents – chef Gordon and his wife Tana – and her siblings for their support.
Holly praised her dad Gordon for his support
"I didn’t tell anyone about it until a year afterwards. I just buried it in a box in the back of my mind," she said.
Holly eventually left Ravensbourne University in London after a year and was admitted to the Nightingale Hospital, which specialises in mental health, for three months.
The podcaster explained: "That was where I was diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety and depression. Since then, I have been in therapy up to three times a week. I now have these diagnoses that I carry around with me.
Holly opened up on her podcast
"It’s confusing and I’m trying to take control of my narrative and use that to make something good."
The 21-year-old revealed that she had lost friends following her mental health struggle but hopes that her story will let others know they're not alone.
"It’s definitely a journey. But I hope that by speaking out I can help other people," she said.
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