Brave Katie tells of her blues bat­tle

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by ED GLEAVE TV Editor ed­ward.gleave@dai­

KATIE Piper has been bat­tling de­pres­sion be­hind the scenes on Strictly.

The TV pre­sen­ter, 34, has re­vealed she is still af­fected by the acid at­tack she suf­fered a decade ago.

And her de­pres­sion got worse ear­lier this year af­ter she be­came a mum for the sec­ond time.

In an emo­tional in­ter­view, Katie said: “I live with anx­i­ety and I still get de­pressed, be­cause you don’t go through life-chang­ing things and just get bet­ter and it’s over. You learn to live with it. “When you have an­other child, you have no down­time. I did feel de­pressed and low. But your body is go­ing through changes, phys­i­cally and hor­mon­ally, so I just tried to check in on my­self to make sure it wasn’t spi­ralling.” Brave Katie is re­fus­ing to let her de­pres­sion stop her from be­ing a sen­sa­tion on Strictly.

She has been en­dur­ing a gru­elling train­ing sched­ule with dance part­ner Gorka Marquez. Fans will see them in ac­tion for the first time when the live shows start next Satur­day.

Katie has used her fame to in­spire oth­ers to over­come ad­ver­sity.

She said: “Ev­ery­one con­tacts me with the same ques­tions like: ‘How can I be more con­fi­dent?’ and ‘how can I get over my anx­i­ety?’ And with­out be­ing preachy, I do be­lieve that diet is so key. “What we put in our bod­ies can make us feel de­pressed or anx­ious and it’s the same for fit­ness. I think it all joins up in this big cir­cle.”

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