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Dame Kelly Holmes reveals that she is ‘really, really struggling’ with her mental health

Dame Kelly Holmes reveals that she is ‘really, really struggling’ with her mental health

 

 

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‘I’m really, really struggling’: Dame Kelly Holmes reveals that her mental health has ‘never been great’ ever since her first breakdown – leaving her unable to do sport for three months

Dame Kelly Holmes has revealed that she is ‘really, really struggling’ and has been suffering from bad mental health – leaving her unable to do sport for three months.

The two-time Olympic gold medallist, 52, has been open about her battles with mental health and the pressure she felt on her wellbeing while keeping her sexuality a secret for over 30 years.

And in recent months Kelly, who is now a panellist on Loose Women, has felt an even greater pressure on her mental health ‘for lots of reasons’ – admitting to her co-stars that she is finding dealing with things very difficult at the moment.

When asked where stress comes out of her body, Kelly said on the talk show on Friday morning: ‘I think there’s a big correlation between mental wellbeing and physical wellbeing. I get it in cold sores. 

‘I’ve been really ill this year – everybody has this perception that I’m this Superwoman because of my sporting attributes but no.

‘I’ve been really under pressure mentally for lots of reasons and it comes out in my body for sure.

‘I’ve had the worst back problems, I was in hospital yesterday having steroid injections in my back. Every illness that’s come out – as soon as I get Covid, I’m ill. I’ve got this chest infection, I’m ill. Cold sores, the lot. 

Success story: The two-time Olympic gold medallist, 52, (pictured winning the 1500m in Athens 2004) has been open about her battles with mental health and the pressure she felt on her wellbeing while keeping her sexuality a secret for over 30 years

‘When people are stressed, by whatever means, it comes out in their physical being.’

Hosting the panel, Kaye Adams says to Kelly: ‘It must be hard for you though being that you’ve had a lifetime of being perceived as Superwoman, and you probably had taken great pride in your health to a certain extent.’

Kelly adds: ‘It really affects me, it really affects my mental health.

‘Mental health isn’t a buzzword, I’ve been talking about it since 2005.’

She went on to explain that sport has been her saviour in keeping her wellbeing in check – but because of the stress she has recently felt manifesting itself into ill physical health, she has been unable to keep active for three months.

‘My mental health has never been great since I had my first breakdown,’ Kelly detailed.

Opening up: In recent months Kelly, who is now a panellist on Loose Women, has felt an even greater pressure on her mental health 'for lots of reasons

‘And sport or fitness or being active is who I am. I haven’t been able to do it for about three months.

‘It really, really affects me. 

‘You sometimes have to help ourselves, of course we have to find ways to look after our health a bit more, take time off which I’m not good at.

‘But yeah, I’m really struggling. I have to say. I’m really, really struggling.’

It comes two weeks after Kelly admitted that she didn’t know how she would ever meet a lesbian before coming out as gay, and feared potential love interests might ‘want to go public.’ 

Discussion: When asked where stress comes out of her body, Kelly said on Friday morning: 'I think there's a big correlation between mental wellbeing and physical wellbeing'

Candid: 'My mental health has never been great since I had my first breakdown,' Kelly detailed

The athlete, 52, was speaking on Loose Women when she discussed how difficult it was for her to pursue romantic relationships when her sexuality was a closely guarded secret. 

Discussing if you can ever be too in love, Kelly mused: ‘I’ve had different circumstances as I wasn’t out, so my relationships have been… 

‘I didn’t know how to meet people or how I would ever meet a gay woman as I couldn’t publicly do it.

In June, Kelly first spoke about her sexuality as she declared she ‘finally felt free’ after years of living a ‘secret’ life.

The Olympic runner admitted she was ‘fully aware’ of rumours about her sexual orientation but is now happy to be coming out ‘on her own terms’.

'Finally free'! The Olympic runner first spoke about her sexuality for the first time in June, as she declared she 'finally felt free' after years of living a 'secret' life (pictured 2004)

Speaking to the Mirror, she said: ‘There have been lots of dark times where I wished I could scream that I am gay – but I couldn’t.’

‘I needed to do this now, for me. It was my decision. I’m nervous about saying it. I feel like I’m going to explode with excitement. Sometimes I cry with relief. The moment this comes out, I’m essentially getting rid of that fear.’ 

Dame Kelly confirmed she has a partner but didn’t want to give any further details, admitting it is the first time she hasn’t introduced someone as a ‘friend or PA’.

She explained how her family and close friends have known for years she is gay but she worried about being in trouble for breaching retrospective rules in the Forces.

Career: Kelly said she dated one woman between the ages of 27 and 32 but broke off the relationship in 2002 so she was able to focus on the Athens Olympics

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Source: Daily Mail 

 

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