Emily Atack opens up about attempted suicide after split from boyfriend
Actress Emily Atack has spoken about the time she attempted to take her life after splitting from her ex-boyfriend.
The I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! runner-up has explained how she downed a bottle of vodka before going on to self-harm in a desperate plea for help.
Emily who rose to fame on hit show, The Inbetweeners has spoken out after Little Mix sensation, Jesy Nelson bravely opened up about her suicide attempt after being inundated by hate messages from online trolls.
29-year-old, Emily, spoke to the Sunday People in a bid to raise awareness for mental health.
She said: "I’ll never forgive myself for harming my body in that way. I didn’t want to die. I just felt so out of control."
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The star was 15 when she cut her wrists following the split from a boyfriend who accused her of being a "psycho".
Emily went on to add: "I would do drastic things in order to make him get back with me.
“I drank a bottle of vodka and cut my wrists – a cry for help, a cry for attention.
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“I was spiralling. I was too young to cope with my breaking heart and cloudy drunk head."
Thankfully, medics saved the actress who claims she woke up with "massive bandages" on her wrist which she had to hide from relatives.
Her mum, Kate Robbins, 61, who also works as an actress and comedian was left horrified accord to Emily.
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"My mum would beg me to open up and speak to her but I just couldn’t. She started to see cuts on my arms and it broke her heart. I’ll never forgive myself for harming my body in that way, and to this day I still have no idea why I did that.
“I didn’t want to die. I just felt so out of control of everything and it was almost like a ‘f*** you to everyone, cos I can do this if I want!’ sort of thing.
"A rebellion, I guess. I saw it like I had no other choice."
In her new book, the star goes on to say: "I was about 15 by this point. I’d lost a lot of weight and I was constantly in trouble at school.
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“Bunking school to avoid it because of the bullying, and hanging around with older people doing older things."
Emily continued: "I was having house parties the second my parents were away, hundreds of people in the house, every single room occupied with people, smoke, girls with their boobs out, people puking, the lot.
“The house was trashed every weekend and neighbours were starting to despise us."
Talking about being bullied in school, the actress said: "They’d spread awful rumours about me, stick pictures of me around all the villages with my mobile number on it."
Emily's book, Are We There Yet?: To Indignity… And Beyond! Is out now.
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