Frankie Bridge opened up on her battle with mental health on today's Loose Women.
The former The Saturdays singer, who was joined by husband Wayne, explained how he had supported her through dark times.
Frankie Bridge confessed she sometimes thinks husband Wayne would have an easier life without her and she is ‘hyper-aware’ of noticing her children's mental health
Speaking on the show, Frankie said: "For Wayne, I often feel… obviously he’s my husband and I love him… but sometimes I think, ‘His life would have been easier and nicer if he hadn’t met someone who has mental health problems.’
When Wayne interjected to say he was "not perfect", Frankie added: "But no, he has been amazing. It was a massive learning curve for you, you lost a lot of weight around that time."
Frankie has found the response to her new book, Open, "overwhelming" – and hubby Wayne confessed he had only read the first 20 pages.
On being a ‘support network’ to Frankie, Wayne said: "Yeah I guess so, we support each other though. I have my ups and downs too. I haven’t actually read the book yet! She said it’s all complimentary, so she’s definitely hid a little bit back."
Discussing how he felt after reading part of the book, the footballer said: "Probably a little bit upset. We’ve lived through it. I hold a lot of my emotions in, so if I start reading it, it brings it all out, but it’s always good to let it out."
Loose panellist Jane Moore then asked Frankie if she was ‘hyper-aware’ of noticing anything about her children and mental health.
The singer replied: "Yeah. They’re four and six and before we had them, I’d say ‘I hope they have your brain, rather than my brain.’ I’d hate to think they’d have mental health problems, but I’d like to think I’m more aware of it.
"I feel like our eldest does overthink things and worry about things and sometimes it’s hard for me to tell, ‘Is that a kid thing?’ or is it a mental health thing?’"
The couple revealed that Wayne first started noticing Frankie needed support for her mental health after a row in the car over picking the wrong yoghurt.
Wayne then explained he’d also had a confidence crisis, confessing: "I also suffered a lot with self-confidence in football. And that came out on the SAS show. I’ve learnt a lot from Frank and a lot going on that show. It’s taught me to be more open with Frankie and talk more.”
Frankie added: "Only the last few years, we’ve got good at communicating with each other and [turning to Wayne] I think that comes with you finding your confidence on SAS and me finding my confidence on what I need to ask you for."
Talking about supporting Loose Women’s Stand By Your Men campaign, Frankie said: "It’s taken me a long time to crack him. Even when we first met, I remember there was a particular day which was the first time you’d opened up to me and it was really hard to get through that with him and I think it’s men in general.
"But I feel like now we’ve opened those floodgates on the jungle and SAS."
*Loose Women airs weekdays on ITV at 12.30pm
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