Kym Marsh steps back from Morning Live due to anxiety attacks over father’s cancer diagnosis

Actor hosts BBC show with Gethin Jones

Isobel Lewis
Friday 01 October 2021 13:39

Kym Marsh has been absent from Morning Live after suffering anxiety attacks in the wake of her father’s cancer diagnosis.

The former Coronation Street star and singer appeared on the BBC show, which she usually presents with Gethin Jones, on Friday (1 October).

During the interview, she explained that her father being diagnosed with prostate cancer in March had led to her seeking mental health treatment.

"I think it’s fair to say that the last few months have been ridiculously busy with one thing and another for me and my family,” Marsh said.

"Starting at the beginning of the year when I had my double hernia op, which should have been much more straightforward than it was, and then we found out that my dad has cancer, and then we caught Covid.”

Describing it as a “terrifying time”, she continued: “I’ve been off obviously for the last few weeks. And one of the reasons for that is that I want to be here for my dad, I need to be here to support my family. And it was absolutely the right choice to make.

“I’ve been able to be around, I’ve been able to be there when they’ve needed me to visit more. And spend time with them really, and just kind of help them coming to terms with everything.

"All we can do is just be there for him, support mum, and help them through what is one of the most difficult times of their lives.”

Marsh went on to say that while her father’s health was improving, she’d brought her forthcoming wedding forward so that he could “walk me down the aisle”.

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She also said that his diagnosis had brought back panic attacks, which she had previously struggled with.

“For now I’m just going to take each day as it comes and not put any pressure on myself, so I’ll check in on the Morning Live family with my own family for now,” she said.

Additional reporting by Press Association

If you are experiencing feelings of distress and isolation, or are struggling to cope, The Samaritans offers support; you can speak to someone for free over the phone, in confidence, on 116 123 (UK and ROI), email, or visit the Samaritans website to find details of your nearest branch.

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