Peter Andre has opened up about his ordeal with panic attacks and anxiety, that got so bad that he went to hospital as a result. Speaking to Irish chat show host Ray D’Arcy, the Mysterious Girl singer reflected on mental health, and how it can be still seen as a taboo, but that it something that many people including himself have been effected by. He said of anxiety: “I went through it for years. It was a moment, it was 1998. I was at the top of everything and all of a sudden it just hit me like a tonne of bricks. I couldn’t function, I couldn’t think straight. I was having panic attacks. I ended up in all sorts of hospitals, on medication, different therapists.”
The father-of-four added that his parents were kept in the dark about his battle because he didn’t want them to worry about him. He said: “My parents didn’t know anything. I didn’t want them to know anything because they’re worriers. I got through it. it took me ten years.” Known for his upbeat personality, Peter also noted that his experience with anxiety and panic attacks has given him a positive outlook on everything – and that he now takes nothing for granted.
Peter enjoys successful career in the public eye, and is a devoted family man to his wife Emily MacDonagh and his four children. The singer shares his two eldest, Junior, 13, and Princess, twelve, with his ex-wife, Katie Price, and also has two younger children – Amelia, four, and one-year-old Theo, with Emily.