Danniella Westbrook has had her fair share of issues over the past decade or so and fans are now concerned about her wellbeing as she shared a devastating cancer update on her 45th birthday yesterday.
Back in 2014, she admitted that she will always be a substance “addict” and that had taken substances six times that year alone.
She told The Sun newspaper at the time: “I do need help. I don’t have a choice. I will always be an addict and I’m never going to be able to take drugs recreationally.”
She stated that the relapse had really scared her and she would never allow herself to get in that state again.
“I’m a bit frightened to say I will never do it again [but] I don’t think I will because I am absolutely petrified. But I said no last time and look where it got me.”
“I tried to kill myself” Danniella admitted
Earlier on this year, she admitted that things had got so bad, she attempted to commit suicide and begged to be sectioned as she was fearful of her own mental health. She appeared on Loose Women alongside Kerry Katona in the summer to talk about the moment in which she had hit rock bottom:
“Everyone thinks my lowest point was when I got seen with a hole in my nose but my lowest point has been the last four years and not having my daughter in my life, not having certain things in my life, I haven’t dealt with it the right way, I haven’t dealt with it the adult way.” she said.
“All I’ve done is used. I put myself into hospital two years ago, I said to them, “I have taken copious amounts of coke, every medicine in the house, drunk alcohol; this, that and the other. And I am still waking up – why? Please section me, I am trying to kill myself. And they sectioned me. I wanted to die. And I thought what could be the thing that could kill me fast enough that won’t give my kids a lot of shame.
“And it will be an overdose and it will be because everyone will say, “I told you so because she was a coke head”. And my kids know that. I wrote letters to my kids; I’ve got suicide notes from back then and the reason I said is “so you can have a better life”.’
She even went on to admit that her son Kai had put his life on hold to look after her, when she was at her worst.
“He will cry on the phone sometimes and say “Do you know what mum, I don’t want to see you die” and there have been times when I have relapsed and I have gone, “I know you don’t want to see me die but I am not helping you”. she went on to say.
Danniella spends her 45th birthday alone
However, Danniella’s health has taken a turn for the worst, but this time, she has been diagnosed with womb cancer and is seeking treatment.
The actress admitted that she had recently suffered a relapse once she found out about the news, as she grew in concern for health. On Twitter, she admitted she “run off” and had made some bad choices as a result of her worry.
“Human beings make mistakes. I have a tendency being an addict 2run back 2 what I know in times of struggle&hardship. It’s insane but it’s addiction,” she wrote in a searingly honest tweet.” she wrote. “I hate it & I hate myself after but tbh it’s an illness that twists ur soul. But it’s 1 I battle and won’t let get the better of me”.
“I have had bad news of late about my health and I did what I always do and buried my head for a few weeks in Spain.. made some bad choices because the news has rocked me” she went on to say.
Fans were devastated to learn the star spent her 45th birthday alone in bed yesterday and didn’t receive any presents or cards, apart from a cup of tea from her son, Kai.
Updating her Twitter profile again, she wrote: “My lovely son @KJ_Artist made me a cup of tea before he left for work and I have zero plans today or tonight so having a long lie in .. because I can,”
“Really strange spending your birthday alone,” she added. “I kind of like the whole no presents no cards no fuss it’s peaceful I might just have a bath and put clean pj’s on watch daytime TV and eat my way through my cake.”
She stated that she had been beating herself up about the diagnosis due to missing her cervical cancer smears for years and had turned to substances ease the misery.
In an interview with The Sunday Mirror, she said: “There is part of me that thinks I would rather just be ill and not know about it – to just get on with life,” she said.
“But then I thought about the kids and I thought that is a selfish way to be. I’ve tried to commit suicide before but getting this diagnosis has made me realise I don’t want to die I want to live and sort out my health. I know I have to fight, I know I have to get up and battle it.”
Social media reactions
“She has brought all of this on herself she said she has refused to go for smears she would rather snort cocaine and give her kids a bad upbringing”
“Her lifestyle has nothing to do with the cancer that she’s suffering with..this could happen to anyone of us..and no I’m not a fan of hers but no need for nasty comments about her”
“She had a very bad addiction all her life and now cancer I feel sorry for her she is more to be pity than been laughed at hope u get well soon”
“Doesn’t matter what she’s done in her life no one needs to go through this alone. We all have had family who have battled cancer some who have won sadly some who haven’t I wish her well in her battle she has ahead.”
“People who have an addiction bring that on themselves in my eyes. It’s their choice to start taking substances in the first place so only have themselves to blame. BUT no one deserves to have cancer no matter what!!!”