Rachel Stevens has revealed that she first started seeing a therapist at around the age of 18/19 after finding fame with S Club 7.
The singer – who is now 42-years-old – appeared on Tuesday’s edition of Loose Women and spoke candidly about how her mental health and the help she has.
Rachel was catapulted to fame at the tender age of 19, along with her bandmates Hannah Spearritt, Jo O’Meara, Jon Lee, Paul Cattermole, Bradley McIntosh and Tina Barrett.
Speaking to the Loose Women panel, she explained: “In a band like S Club we were marketed at a very young audience and it was very shiny and happy and everyone saw the sort of finished polished product and we were very packaged.
“Underneath all of that I had a lot of my stuff going on and my emotions and my things that were going on.
“As soon as the camera’s on and [you’re] going on and singing [hit single] Reach, putting a smile on and putting a show on… but there’s a lot obviously going on behind the scenes.”
Rachel continued: “I actually had personal therapy when I was 18/19. That’s when I first started having therapy and felt like I really needed to talk about all of my stuff that was going on that I really needed to just make sense of.”
Despite being happily married to husband Alex Bourne since 2009, Rachel said that her emotional fragility requires her to offload to someone outside the family circle.
“I have therapy weekly. I need it as that kind of outlet. I think I’m someone who has always been a worrier, someone who thinks a lot, someone who internalises a lot and is incredibly emotional and sensitive.
“I think I need that person, I speak to my closest friends obviously, my husband, but other than that, having that person who is not so close just gives me that outlet to be acknowledged and make sense of it all when there’s not that emotional connection, which I think is really important.”
She added: “It’s such a weird thing growing up in an industry where you see pictures of yourself all of the time… constantly seeing images of yourself which I think is really unhealthy.
“I went into S Club feeling quite insecure, not really knowing who I was and growing up publicly. I think all of that stuff plays into everything, really.”
S Club 7 had four UK number one singles, a number one album and moderate success in the United States before disbanding in 2003.
Since then, Rachel went on to have a solo singing career and has appeared on television shows such as Celebrity MasterChef and Celebrity Mastermind.