Trisha Goddard defends her tearaway daughter Billie who was hooked on booze, drugs and sex after spiralling out of control aged 12

Trisha Goddard defends her tearaway daughter Billie who was hooked on booze, drugs and sex after spiralling out of control aged 12

TRISHA Goddard defended her tearaway daughter Billie who was hooked on booze, drugs and sex after spiralling out of control aged 12 on today's Good Morning Britain.

The 61-year-old TV presenter joined her daughter via video link from America on today's show to discuss Billie's battle with addiction and mental health.

Billie, 29, turned to alcohol from the age of 12, during the height of her mum's fame as a daytime TV talk show host.

Speaking to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, she said: "We lived in the middle of the countryside, I was isolated.

"It definitely contributed to the drink and drug abuse."

Things got so bad, Billie admitted she had considered taking her own life on numerous occasions, but didn't blame her mum.

She explained: "I've struggled with suicidal thoughts throughout my teens and adult life.

"I don't think anyone is to blame, it [mental health] can happen to anyone.

"My mum gave us an incredible life, but I do wish she was around more.

"But I was the one who made those decisions, I chose to drink and take drugs."

Trisha, who had Billie and daughter Madison with her first husband Mark Grieve, then gave her side of the story from her base in the US.

The star – who has battled depression herself – said: "Billie and I have been through quite a lot, we've dealt with things, but a lot of things weren't dealt with.

"I was the provider, I was bringing home the bacon and doing all the cooking, shopping, cleaning and working.

"You've got to pay a mortgage, I was the mortgage payer.

"I knew bits and pieces of what was going on but you never know the whole picture, as Billie said we lived in the middle of nowhere so boredom played a part, and I guess she wanted to hide it from me."

Trisha alluded to her own four year battle with addiction to cannabis and ecstasy,  before sharing her pride in how Billie has dealt with her problems and how she has been sober since July last year.

The star, who has been married a further two times, said: "I've always been proud of Billie and how she's confronted her demons.

"I'm so proud of how she's reached out for help."

Billie – who sought help from addiction charity Port of Call and went on to be diagnosed with borderline personality disorder as well as complex post traumatic stress disorder – then encouraged any viewers at home going through similar issues to speak out.

She said: "I'm so grateful to my mum, she's been brilliant, but you can't be there every second.

"Mental health doesn't discriminate and it's hard to overcome these issues on your own, you need to reach out and get help."

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