Coronation Street actress Tina O’Brien has revealed her secret struggle with post-natal depression after the birth of her daughter Scarlett.
The star spoke of ‘dark days’ when Scarlett was born in 2009, in a post as part of the viral #10YearChallenge, in which people are posting pictures of themselves a decade ago.
With a picture of her and Scarlett 10 years ago positioned next to another of them now, she says: “I wish I could tell the scared and fragile Tina of 10 years ago it’s going to be ok, you will get through this.
“I had very bad post natal depression even looking at the pic on the left reminds me how bad it was and that makes me so sad. I wish I’d had the confidence to ask for help. Life felt pretty dark for a little while. Luckily the dark days eventually lifted.
“I was then a single mum, times when absolutely no income was coming in. I’d be lying if I said it was easy. 2009 was a tough year But to get through things sure as hell makes you stronger. To some incredible highs, great opportunities and jobs have come along. I’ve met some wonderful people who are still in my life. All the while caring for, loving and watching my beautiful, kind little girl grow in front of my eyes.”
O’Brien, who plays Sarah Platt in the long-running soap, had Scarlett with her ex-husband, Corrie co-star Ryan Thomas.
She remarried to businessman Adam Crofts on New Year’s Eve, who she first met in 2011, and with whom she has a son, Beau, born in 2014.