Lorraine: Fern Britton discusses royal aide being ‘cancelled’

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Fern Britton, 65, opened up about her mental health struggles as she commented on a Grassroots Suicide Prevention campaign. The author pleaded with her followers to understand that this time of year is not filled with “love and laughter” for everyone.

In 2020, Fern’s following were left devastated and concerned as she revealed she had split from her now ex-husband, chef Phil Vickery.

The couple had been together for over 20 years and Fern broke the news to her fanbase over Twitter.

The presenter has now returned to the platform with another life-altering revelation as she recalled her darker days.

She wrote: “Christmas isn’t all HOHOHO and undiluted love and laughter is it.

“I can think of times when I could not face another day.

“Not because I wanted to die, but because I wanted a break from the misery.

“So please read below. I’ll keep going if you will. It’s a deal?”

The celebrity had retweeted a post by Grassroots Suicide Prevention revealing that one in five people consider suicide in their lifetime.

The charity shared: “But there is hope.

“You can help us continue preventing suicide this Winter by doing five simple things over five weeks. Small things can make a big difference. Together we can save lives.”

Fern’s heartwrenching post was inundated with comments of her followers’ own harrowing stories.

One explained that she never really felt great during the holidays due to the “huge financial stress” Christmas brings.

She told Fern: “People think I’m ‘miserable’ because I don’t go mad for all the trappings but it’s like PTSD – every time it comes around, it triggers those feelings.”

Fern responded with some advice: “Acknowledge those triggers but also try to create a new one? A button that says you have permission to have/give yourself a joy.

“The world won’t fall in if you are happy xxxx.” (sic)

Others admitted it was hard to watch television as the adverts are filled with “tables overloaded with food, family and friends. It makes you feel a failure”.

Another shared how their mum had died shortly before Christmas, while their dad had died after the next festive season, leaving them dreading the holidays.

Fern wrote back: “Make a plan to find a place, a time to thank them and tell them you miss them.

“Make it as big or small, loud or quiet as you like but focus on it xx”

The presenter was also showered with support, and concerned fans asked if she was okay which she reaffirmed “I am thank you”. 

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