Seann Walsh struggling with depression after Katya Jones Strictly kiss ‘ruined his life’

Katya Jones reveals she’s no longer in contact with Seann Walsh

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Comedian Seann Walsh, 35, has opened up on his mental health struggles after facing backlash following his kiss with Strictly Come Dancing co-star Katya Jones, 32, in 2018. Speaking to former athlete turned lifestyle coach Mark Whittle on his podcast Take FLIGHT, Seann revealed that the kiss “ruined” his life after causing his mental health problems to resurface.

I have to relive what happened

Seann Walsh

Addressing the kiss with his dance partner, the comedian said it was a moment that changed his life forever.

The star revealed that his panic attacks returned, which he suffered from while in his early twenties.

Speaking to the podcast host, he candidly admitted: “The panic attacks came back – big, big panic attacks and I ended up having what I later found out were vertigo seizures.”

The comedian went on to explain that he had recently experienced an attack which left him having to lie down in the road.

He went on: “I had one the other day, I just lay down – I had to lie down in the street, it’s quite humiliating. It’s London so nobody gives a s***.”

Seann went on to explain that he “relives” scenes from that period of his life, which can physically take a toll on him.

He said: “I have to relive what happened. Still, I can be ok then suddenly the memories of it all come back.

“It defeats me and beats me until the plates start spinning and I lose balance and fall and start screaming, so I still get them.

“They’re less frequent, I’d never had them before.”

However, the star did reveal that he is on antidepressants in an effort to combat the mental health issue, as well as doing exercise.

“I’m on anti-anxiety, anti-depression, it’s called Sertraline”, he said, before adding: “For me exercise is what helps me”

Seann added that his “self-belief as a comic had gone with the kiss and the statement and ongoing articles”.

Seann was partnered with Strictly pro Katya for the 2018 series of Strictly Come Dancing.

At the time, he was with girlfriend Rebecca Humphries while Katya was married to Strictly pro Neil Jones.

The pair were pictured kissing, which led to Seann and Katya publicly apologising.

Rebecca also released a statement urging women in controlling relationships to believe in themselves and their instincts.

On The Jonathan Ross Show, Seann said of this statement: “I think that when I first saw that statement it was so huge and you go through a mixture of emotions and I didn’t really know how to react.

“But I think with the time that I’ve had, that actually she is right, I think everything she said in that statement is right.”

Seann continued: “At first it’s denial, initially you look at that and you go, ‘No absolutely not.’ But with time, someone that you cared about has written that about you and posted that and I think that actually, yes she was right what she said.

“And I think if you lie and cheat on the person that you’re meant to care for and be in a relationship with, then that is a form of abuse, of course it is. All I can be is as sorry as I am. I hope one day that she’ll forgive me.”

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