Frankie Bridge explains how depression battle brought her closer to husband Wayne

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Frankie Bridge has explained that her now husband Wayne could have “run” from her when her mental health suffered early in their relationship.

The 31-year-old chart topping singer began a relationship with 40-year-old football hunk Wayne back in 2011 – with the couple going on to wed in 2014 and welcome two sons together.

Frankie has been an open book about her mental health struggles over the years – becoming a spokesperson for those who struggle with depression.

The star spent time in a psychiatric hospital in 2011 at a point when her relationship with Wayne was in the early stages.

Frankie Bridge has revealed how her battle with depression brought her closer to husband Wayne
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Frankie says their romance and subsequent marriage has been greatly strengthened thanks to Wayne’s learning and understanding of her condition.

She said on the Made by Mammas podcast: “I had my breakdown right early on, it was in our first year of our relationship together and he was amazing.

“He could’ve run for the hills, but he didn’t. He stuck around and he tried to learn as much as he could through my therapists and doctors at the time. It was a real stress for him.

Frankie and Wayne have been married since 2014
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“I carried on with work, and life just moved on and we never really discussed it, as such.”

Frankie went on to explain that she didn’t expect Wayne to “fix” her, but is appreciative that he knows how to help when she is anxious or depressed.

She explained: “I’m not looking for answers from him. I want him to either listen or give me a hug, or to go and take the kids and sort them out so that I don’t have to. And now all I have to do is cry and know I just need to cry and get it out.”

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Last year Frankie released her self-help book, Open: Why Asking For Help Can Save Your Life.

The star was praised for honesty and opens about her own battles with mental health issues and for shining a spotlight on them.

Frankie has also been an ambassador for mental health charity, Mind, since 2015.

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