LOVE Island star Cara De La Hoyde has revealed she is back on antidepressants after "a really hard few days."
The matchmaking show winner, who is married to Nathan Massey, has spoken candidly about her 11-year depression battle which re-surfaced after the series wrapped.
Now Cara has taken to her Instagram page to bravely tell the next step in her mental health journey.
Alongside a snap showing her wearing a tan-colour dress and dancing with a Hairspray theatre star, she candidly wrote: "So yesterday I took the step to to start back on #citilopram after a really hard few days I admitted to myself that I needed help.
"Instead of posting some same cliche picture I’m posting one that makes me smile ☺️
"Over 10 years of friendship that turns into family will do that."
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Cara, a mum of two, continued: "Medication is not weak and theirs no shame in asking for help 🙌🏼
"ThankYou to the @theorchardtheatre for inviting us down to watch @hairsprayuktour 💃🏽
"I needed it more than ever and tickets are still available this week ❤️"
Fans were quick to praise her openness, and Cara's comments were flooded with a variety of supportive messages.
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One wrote: "No shame in admitting you need something, I’ve been on sertraline for years, as a mother it helps ❤️"
Another added: "Well done for talking out Cara 🙌" as a third replied: "Thanks for sharing ❤️ I'm on the same meds for years. Totally helped me after the loss of both my parents. Sending positive vibes your way 🙌."
One then wrote: "👏👏👏 inspiration! Wishing you a happier and healthier journey."
Another surmised: "Definitely no shame, we all need that little extra to help us through tough times ..and life in this world is not easy , hope you start to feel more yourself soon 😘"
In 2017, Cara told Reveal magazine how she has suffered from depression since she was 15, but it was triggered again after appearing on the ITV2 show.
She said: "The worst point came after Love Island.
"Nobody trains you for how intense it is, and you are constantly being judged.
"I don't believe there's anyone who isn't bothered by what people say about them.
"I really wish I'd have spoken to someone about it at the time, because I didn't know how to deal with it, and I didn't feel like me any more."
She revealed she had some dark days: "There would be times I'd lock myself in my bedroom for days, and just sit there and cry."
Back in 2020, when she was pregnant in the midst of the pandemic, she told how she had "swallowed her pride" to go back on her tablets.
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Cara again wrote on her Instagram page: "This pregnancy has been so different, so many emotions and things that none of us could have ever expected.
"I've taken the decision to also start taking my antidepressants again which coming off was a big deal for me after 12 years but sometimes you need to swallow your pride and do what's best for you and your family."
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