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Joey Essex fans praise star as he reveals he has depression like his mum after struggling to cope with her suicide

JOEY Essex fans praised the grieving star who tonight revealed he has depression like his late mum.

The 30-year-old has opened up in a moving BBC documentary about struggling to cope with her suicide 20 years on.

Joey Essex has made a documentary about grief

His mum Tina lost her battle with depression in 2001, ­when Joey was just ten years old.

Tonight in Joey Essex: Grief and Me, the reality star choked up as he relived the devastating moment his dad told him “mummy’s gone”.

Joey said: “After what happened, my life was torn to pieces. My anxiety was through the roof, my depression.

“I used to go to hospital all the time thinking something was wrong with me. I don’t know why, I couldn’t explain it.

The star broke down in tears in a therapy session

“It was anger I suppose. You ask yourself, ‘why, why, why’.”

Fans were moved to tears by Joey’s frank conversation as he admits “nothing makes him happy”.

One said: “Want to give Joey Essex the biggest hug right now. There really is no pain bigger than losing your mum xx.”

Another added: “What a man strong man you are. She is always with you.”

A viewer said: “The first show I’ve watched in ages without picking up my phone. Cried my eyes out. So brave, heart warming and poignant.”

Someone else said: “This is a hard watch #griefandme – I’ve lost 2 people I loved very much to suicide. The pain it leaves behind.”

He has struggled to move on from his mum’s death

The tragedy has left deep-rooted scars, as Joey admits the grief is killing his dream of starting a family and finding true love.

He has kept it all bottled up – until now.

Determined to do something to help him be able to become a husband and dad.

Joey says: “I just think to myself: If she loved me that much, why would she leave me?

Joey says the grief of losing his mum Tina has stopped him from finding love


EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.

It doesn’t discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.

It’s the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

Yet it’s rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

That is why The Sun launched the You’re Not Alone campaign.

The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.

Let’s all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You’re Not Alone.

If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:

“I’ve had loads of relationships but I always end up pushing them away.

“Imagine if I was with someone and I had kids with them and I really did love that person and then she left me. I wouldn’t know what to do. I’m already thinking we’re gonna break up before we’re together. I’m pushing it away.”

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