Denise van Outen has quit alcohol admitting that her drinking had begun to spiral out of control.
The 45-year-old actress and singer – who recently wowed audiences as Fox on The Masked Singer– was forced to pull out of performing in the West End musical Chicago in 2018 due to an injury, and revealed it had sparked an unhealthy cycle.
Van Outen told Closer magazine: "I broke my foot and it really had a negative effect on my life. I was all geared up for doing Chicago, and I was gutted to have to pull out.
"From then on, I sat on my bum for four months – I was so miserable, I put on weight and I lost my confidence. I didn't want to do anything. I was eating fish and chips and drinking wine and thinking, 'What's the point in being healthy?'"
Denise Van Outen
Denise Van Outen
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: Denise van Outen attends the SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden grand opening party in partnership with Cool Earth and co-hosted by Vivienne Westwood, Jo Wood, Leah Wood and Daniel Lismore on November 12, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for SUSHISAMBA Covent Garden)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019/10/17: Denise Van Outen attends the Global Gift Gala at Kimpton Fitzroy in London. (Photo by Brett Cove/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 6, 2020 - Denise Van Outen arrives at The Sun Military Awards 2020 at Banqueting Hall, Whitehall, London - PHOTOGRAPH BY Jamy / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Jamy/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Denise van Outen during the ISPS HANDA Mike Tindall Celebrity Golf Classic at the Belfry Golf & Resort Hotel in Sutton Coldfield. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: Denise Van Outen attends the National Television Awards held at the O2 Arena on January 22, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
PA NEWS PHOTO 19/12/98 DENISE VAN OUTEN AT THE ITV RECORD OF THE YEAR 1998 AWARDS CEREMONY IN LONDON WHICH SHE PRESENTED.
PA NEWS PHOTO : 29/9/97 : TV PRESENTERS JAYNE MIDDLEMISS (LEFT) AND DENISE VAN OUTEN ON THE CATWALK FOR VIVIENNE WESTWOOD RED LABEL SPRING/SUMMER 1998 COLLECTION AT LONDON FASHION WEEK. PHOTO BY NEIL MUNNS.
Channel 4's Big Breakfast presenters Johnny Vaughan and Denise Van Outen arrive for the Brit Awards ceremony, at the London Arena.
Former Big Breakfast presenter Denise Van Outen poses for the media in London's Hyatt Carlton Tower Hotel after being named Rear Of The Year. Singer Robbie Williams was also given the title. 23/04/2003: Winners of the Rear of The Year competion: Barbara Windsor, 1976 - who received it as a one-off award; Felicity Kendal, 1981, the first year it became an annual event; Suzi Quatro, 1982; Lulu, 1983; Elaine Paige 1984; Lynsey de Paul 1985; Anneka Rice, 1986 (the same year that Award was presented to its first male recipient-Michael Barrymore);Anita Dobson, 1987; Su Pollard, 1988; Marina Ogilvy, the daughter of Princess Alexandra, became the first Royal winner in 1989; after a two year gap, Ulrika Jonsson won in 1992; Sarah Lanchashire, 1993; Mandy Smith, 1994, after which the competition was switched from spring to autumn; Tracy Shaw, 1996; Melinda Messenger, 1997; Carol Smilie, 1998; Denise van Outen, 1999; Jane Danson, 2000; Claire Sweeney, 2001; Charlotte Church, 2002.
TV presenter and actress Denise Van Outen arriving at Earls Court in west London for the Brit Awards 2000.
TV presenter Denise Van Outen arriving for The Brit Awards 2001, at Earls Court in London.
Denise Van Outen during the British Fashion Awards at the Victoria and Albert Museum in central London. The event, run by the British Fashion Council, promotes the creativity and international influence of British fashion design.
Denise Van Outen at the Elle Style Awards 2004 at the Natural History Museum in south London.
Denise Van Outen arriving at the FIFPro World X1 Player Awards 2005 at BBC Television Centre, London.
Denise Van Outen arrives for the World Music Awards 2007 at the Sporting Club Casino in Monte Carlo, France.
Myleene Klass and Denise Van Outen at the 2008 National Television Awards at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7.
Denise Van Outen arriving at the Children's Champions Awards 2010, the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London
Denise van Outen arriving for the BRIT Awards 2010, at Earls Court, London.
Denise Van Outen and James Jordan rehearse for the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing at a LA Fitness studio in London.
Denise Van Outen at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2012, BBC TV Centre, London.
Denise Van Outen arriving at the Tesco Mum of the Year Awards 2013, held at the Savoy Hotel in central London.
Denise Van Outen and Eddie Boxshall arrive for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 10, 2015. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Denise Van Outen during a BUILD live interview at AOL's Shropshire House in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 7, 2017. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
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The former EastEnders star – who has a nine-year-old daughter, Betsy, with ex-husband Lee Mead – decided: "I don't want to feel like this – I want to go into my late 40s feeling fit, healthy and amazing." And she admitted she made "a lot" of changes to her lifestyle, including cutting out alcohol.
Van Outen said: "I've done the party girl thing – I partied so hard in my 20s and 30s. It's not for me any more – if I'd have carried on partying hard now into my 40s, it would have been quite tragic really."
The former Big Breakfast presenter, who dated Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay between 1998 and 2001, admitted that while she feels much better sober, some people tell her, "You're boring."
But van Outen said: "I just think, 'No, I feel great, actually.'"
Van Outen was married to fellow West End star Mead, 38, from 2009 until 2013. They met when Mead won the BBC TV talent show Any Dream Will Do, which Mead won.