Blue singer Lee Ryan opens up about his troubled past on Celebs Go Dating
The singer got emotional during counselling sessions for the series as he opened up about his troubled past.
Over the years, Lee has battled issues with alcohol and sleeping pills.
The Blue star said: “The hardest thing about this show for me is talking about the past. You are opening yourself up for scrutiny. I went into depth about the alcohol abuse and being in rehab.
“I started to well-up a few times and forced myself not to cry because I didn’t want people to judge me. I am quite a strong person, but it is hard when you bring it all up on camera.”
Lee was branded a love rat when he went into Celebrity Big Brother 2014. Since then he has struggled to cope with life in the spotlight.
He said: “I didn’t have the easiest time after Big Brother. I wish there had been a focus on mental health back then. They didn’t give a f*** about me.
“The perception the public have of me isn’t the best, so I’ve built up quite a few walls and become quite jaded.
“I keep my head down and I don’t really go out anymore. I’m either with my kids or I’m working.
“I’ve been portrayed as a lothario, but that’s not true. I’ve not actually been with a lot of people or had the most relationships.”
Lee is hoping his appearance on Celebs Go Dating will give his reputation a boost.
He said: “People meet me and go ‘I thought you would be a right w*****, but you’re not’. I was really hesitant about signing up.
“Reality TV isn’t my world, but I hope I can show a different side of myself.
“I wanted to put myself out there and gain some more confidence. If I meet someone to spend the rest of my life with, even better.”
● The show starts August 5 on E4.
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