My mar­riage is over – it’s my lit­tle girl who keeps me go­ing, says DJ Nikki

Irish Daily Mail - - The Red Carpet - For more de­tails on the awards, see spirit.pramer­ica.ie

BROAD­CASTER Nikki Hayes has told how her mar­riage dis­in­te­grated this year due to her strug­gles with men­tal health is­sues. The 38-year-old DJ said her mar­riage to Army me­chanic Frank Black foundered in May af­ter just over two years but they are still de­voted par­ents to their daugh­ter Far­rah, four.

Nikki, who works with Classic Hits 4FM and East Coast Ra­dio, has just pub­lished a book called Cry­ing Into The Sau­cepan about her life fol­low­ing a di­ag­no­sis of bor­der­line per­son­al­ity dis­or­der. ‘My mar­riage broke up in May,’ said the broad­caster, pic­tured. ‘I still have not fully come to terms with things. I have tears some days but she [Far­rah] keeps me go­ing be­cause I need to be there for her.’

Shortly af­ter she mar­ried in 2015 Nikki suf­fered a break­down which led to the di­ag­no­sis of bor­der­line per­son­al­ity dis­or­der. She be­lieves her strug­gle with ill­ness con­trib­uted to her mar­riage break-up, say­ing: ‘With me be­ing ill over the last two years, I was in and out of hospi­tal and it just took its toll.’

Nikki and Frank have re­mained on good terms, and work hard to en­sure Far­rah has ev­ery­thing she needs. Nikki re­struc­tured her work­ing hours this year, go­ing free­lance, to ac­com­mo­date her daugh­ter.

‘More than ever Far­rah needs a bit of sta­bil­ity in her life,’ Nikki said. ‘The way I work now suits my life.’

Nikki has be­come am­bas­sador for the Pramer­ica Spirit of Com­mu­nity Awards and is urg­ing young peo­ple who vol­un­teer to en­ter be­fore Oc­to­ber 20. As a teen, Nikki vol­un­teered as a com­pan­ion for the el­derly and said: ‘Vol­un­teer­ing was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.’

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