TV doctor reveals he was suicidal before coming out as gay

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24:  Dr Ranj Singh attends the St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes Awards, supported by Laerdal Medical, which celebrate those that save lives and champion first aid in communities, at Hilton Bankside on September 24, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby / Getty Images for St John Ambulance)

Celebrity doctor and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Dr Ranj has revealed he was suicidal before he decided to come out.

The star, real name Ranjit Singh, has said the pressure surrounding the decision to come out left him 'truly broken'.

The 40-year-old, was married to a woman after leaving university, said: "Ten years ago my life changed ­dramatically.

"I came out of a straight relationship and started to accept who I actually was.

"I was truly broken. I felt like I was a really bad, horrible person just for being true to myself. In times like that, you have really dark thoughts and I did have times when I thought it would be easier not to be here."

But he added: "It was only because of the kindness and grace of my friends and family, and the LGBT+ family that I was able to put myself together again."

Dr Ranj also revealed he managed to gather the courage to speak to his family about being gay when he appeared on Strictly.

He said: "I never thought my family would be as accepting as they are. They are the most loving and supportive people I know."

This Morning resident GP Ranj recently spoke about experiencing homophobia in the NHS, saying: "The media industry is much more accepting, but I feel like the medical world has a little further to go.

"It's a bit ironic that the caring profession could ever be prejudiced, but it does happen.

"People like myself and so many others are here to change that, though."

Dr Ranj first gained recognition on CBeebies show Get Well Soon. In 2018 he was the sixth contestant to leave Strictly Come Dancing, when he and dance partner Janette Manrara were eliminated.

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Janette Manrara, Amy Dowden, Nadiya Bychkova, Dianne Buswell, Oti Mabuse, Karen Clifton, Katya Jones and Luba Mushtuk arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Ranj Singh (bottom) and Gorka Marquez celebrate winning the award for best Talent Show for Strictly Come Dancing in the Press Room at the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London.
Stacey Dooley attends the photocall for the 'Strictly Come Dancing' live tour at Arena Birmingham on 17 January 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Thursday 17 January, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Stacey Dooley, Ashley Roberts, Lauren Steadman, Faye Tozer, Janette Manrara, Dianne Buswell, Karen Clifton, Nadiya Bychkova, Luba Mushtuk and Amy Dowden attend the photocall for the 'Strictly Come Dancing' live tour at Arena Birmingham on 17 January 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Thursday 17 January, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
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Strictly Come Dancing contestant Dr Ranj Singh and his professional dance partner Janette Manrara during rehearsals at a dance studio in London.
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