Rylan Clark steps down from radio show after long hospital stay

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Rylan Clark quit his BBC Radio 2 show over the weekend after a long stay in hospital.

Fan update on Twitter today (February 11), the former X factor The performer shared a photo of himself hooked up to a cannula with the caption, “Finally home after a long trip to Costa del hospital. Slowly on the mend.”

“I won’t be on the radio tomorrow. Rest up. Come back soon,” he continued, before joking. to add: “Image for sympathy ULTIMATE obvs.”

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Note: The following paragraphs contain discussion of topics such as suicide that some readers may find upsetting.

Last month, the TV presenter opened up about the dark times he went through following the breakdown of his marriage to Dan Neal.

“I got to the point where I didn’t know if I wanted to come back. [to work]. Or if I would be able to do this job again. I had fallen…quite ill. I went down to just over 9th and am 6ft 4in. It got bad. Like, very bad. And I didn’t think it would get better. I needed help,” he said.

“Last summer, for the first time, I literally felt alone… When you find out that something you’ve always wanted isn’t what you thought it was… I didn’t think that I would be there. I didn’t think I could go on. I didn’t think I would actually come back. I was very… gone.

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Luckily, Rylan is in a much better place now, saying he feels like he’s “learned that I’m worth something”.

“I should be proud of myself, not embarrassed of Rylan,” he added. “I should be proud to be able to build a house for my mother. I should be proud to be able to employ my family. I learned that.”

We encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to contact us. Organizations that can offer support include the Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the United States are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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