Loose Women’s Linda Robson reveals how Stacey Solomon took her to rehab after breakdown on Ibiza holiday
Loose Women star Linda Robson has bravely opened up about her mental breakdown, which saw her being taken to rehab by her co-star Stacey Solomon.
The 61 year old panellist has spoken out about how a holiday to Ibiza in 2018 with Stacey, 30, Nadia Sawalha, Andrea McLean, Kaye Adams and Saira Khan ended in her being in a “terrible state”.
Linda, who starred in TV sitcom Birds of a Feather, began suffering with anxiety after her son Louis’ friend Ben Kinsella was stabbed to death while the pair were on a night out to celebrate their GCSEs in 2008.
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She told The Sun Online: “From that day, I felt completely different about the safety of my kids because Ben didn’t do anything and got killed and it could so easily have been Louis.
“I’d never been an anxious person until then, but I started worrying about them when they were out and became addicted to looking at my phone and having it fully charged at all times.”
Linda, who returned to Loose Women in January after 18 months away, revealed she was self-medicating with sleeping tablets and added alcohol to the mix when the tablets stopped helping her sleep.
She said: “I’d still take my sleeping tablet, but it didn’t work. Then I upped it to two but was still sleeping less. That’s when I started drinking again. I had loads of champagne downstairs that people had given me over the years, but I didn’t like it so hadn’t drunk it.
“Suddenly I started drinking it, and I’d buy vodka too, even though I’d never touched a spirit before in my life.
“I was using it to try and medicate myself and get to sleep — and that’s when everything started going wrong.”
It all came to a head during a trip to Ibiza in 2018 with her Loose Women friends. And, Linda admitted her anxiety had got in the way of her being able to enjoy the trip.
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She said: “From the day I got there, I just wanted to go home because my anxiety was so bad.
“I was trying to act normal and be part of the gang, but I was struggling to get through the day.
“I’d sneaked a couple of bottles of vodka with me, just to knock me out at night, but it wasn’t working.
“I’d already had a couple of sleepless nights and, by the third, I ended up having a proper meltdown.”
After her suffering in Ibiza, the Loose Women stars contacted Linda’s family and it was agreed she would return to the UK to go straight to a rehabilitation clinic in London.
She explained: “Stacey came with me. I was in a terrible state, so we played games on her phone just to try to distract me.
“I was thinking, ‘What am I going to do? Where am I going?’ I was scared, embarrassed and ashamed because my kids had been told their mum was in a state and needs help.
“When we got to the clinic, they all met us there and when I saw their worried faces all I could think of was, ‘Oh no, what have I done to them?’.”
After agreeing with her husband Mark, 59, daughters Lauren, 37, and Bobby, 23, and son Louis, 28, about her visit to rehab, Linda revealed how she felt uncomfortable after some visitors started taking photographs of her.
“I thought, ‘This isn’t the place for me’, and Mark felt that too,” she said. “Also, they tried to put me in a room without seeing a doctor first. So we left and went home.”
But, Linda’s family later found a rehab clinic in the North which she checked into for six weeks.
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She said: “It was a beautiful place, but I only ever spoke to a doctor on Skype and they just kept upping the anti-depressants as my anxiety and compulsive behaviour was so bad.”
Unfortunately the clinic didn’t work for Linda and after she returned home she was soon back to drinking again, despite spending thousands on the treatment.
But, after stints in three different centres, Linda has been on the road to recovery an returned to Loose Women, where she bravely spoke about her struggles form the year before.
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