CBB was nearly the En­der me

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CELEBRITY MasterChef con­tes­tant John Par­tridge claims go­ing on CBB led to men­tal health prob­lems.

The for­mer EastEn­ders ac­tor needed anti-anx­i­ety med­i­ca­tion af­ter leav­ing the house in 2016.

John de­scribed do­ing the show as “ab­so­lute hell”.

He said: “The whole ex­pe­ri­ence was re­ally dam­ag­ing. I didn’t think it would hit me like it did.

“Stephanie Davis was the same too.

“When I came out I went on tour to do what I knew and be with my the­atri­cal fam­ily.”

John dubbed the re­al­ity show “the most un­pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence of my life”.

But said he has loved be­ing on the BBC cook­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

John, 47, has ap­peared along­side Gemma Collins, Keith Allen and Frankie Bridge.

He said: “I re­ally en­joyed the whole ex­pe­ri­ence. It was re­ally emo­tional ac­tu­ally and I liked the adren­a­line of it all.”

John re­cently cel­e­brated be­ing sober for 300 days af­ter re­veal­ing he has an al­co­hol ad­dic­tion.

He has vowed never to drink or take drugs again.

John said: “I’d go out all night and you would never know – I would al­ways go to work, and that’s how I kept it go­ing.

“If you pub­licly break down that would mean do­ing some­thing about it. Be­cause I didn’t, that was my cover.”

MED­I­CA­TION: Par­tridge

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