Bridgertons Marina Thompson star in hospital amid mental health struggle

Ruby Barker has opened up on her mental health, explaining that she's been in hospital after being "really unwell".

The 25 year old first found fame back in 2020 after playing the role of Marina Thompson in the hit Netflix show Bridgerton, starring alongside the likes of Phoebe Dynevor and Regé-Jean Page.

But since the programme aired, the actor has revealed she's struggled and now, in a candid Instagram post, she's opened up on what's been going on.

Dressed in a black hoodie, Ruby started the nearly six-minute clip by asking her 231,000 fans how they "really" are.

She continued: "I am better, I have been really unwell for a really long time. I want to be honest with everyone. I have been struggling.

"I am in hospital at the minute and I am going to be discharged soon and hopefully get to continue with my life.

"I am going to take a little bit of a break for myself and I would encourage others, if you are struggling, do yourself a favour and take a break, stop being so hard on yourself."

Ruby, whose fellow Bridgerton co-star Nicola Coughlan recently spoke out on filming X-rated scenes, said she "hasn't hit rock bottom" as she's recognised that she needs support, before explaining how she used to be a person who was "rage-filled, frustrated, angry, all this intergenerational trauma bundled up inside me".

She continued: "I was carrying the weight of the world on my back and now I am at the point where I have a diagnosis, I am drawing a line in the sand.

"I can't carry on the way that I was, I need to change so that is what I am trying to do. I want to survive and I will survive, I am going to."

Ruby, whose Bridgerton pal Jonathan Bailey recently landed a movie role, went on to talk about how to be kinder to oneself before concluding the video by singing the lyrics of Waiting on a Better Day by Sexton.

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"Don't be hard on yourself, it is mad out here. Remember you are absolutely massive and I love you very much. Thank you for staying with me," she added.

In the caption, she wrote: "Mental health week is every week for me. Off my chest. I feel like I’ve not been completely honest so this is for my followers. Time to be transparent. I’ve been struggling since Bridgerton, this is the truth. Thank you all for supporting me, your love holds me up. #mentalhealthawareness".

EastEnders star Milly Zero was quick to comment and share her support as she wrote: "Brave & beautiful," followed by three red heart emojis.

The band she referenced, Sexton, wrote: "I love you so much for this I’m so sorry for late reply!!! Keep shining beautiful I’m learning all of us with a lot of talent have been very hard on ourselves at some point but I learned to switch up my perspective and it took the weight off my shoulders. Love you," with two kissing emojis.

While Call The Midwife's Louisa Connolly-Burnham said: "You brilliant human. Love you!"

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