Kym Marsh almost quit 'Strictly Come Dancing' over panic attack

Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima had to call off a Strictly Come Dancing rehearsal over a panic attack. (BBC)
Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima had to call off a Strictly Come Dancing rehearsal over a panic attack. (BBC) (BBC/Kieron McCarron)

Kym Marsh has opened up on her recent panic attack, admitting it left her wanting to quit Strictly Come Dancing altogether.

The former Coronation Street star and TV presenter dances with Graziano Di Prima in the BBC One show and has revealed she suffered a panic attack in rehearsals that came "out of nowhere".

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Marsh, 46, told The Sun how she had always suffered from panic attacks, but hadn't suffered one in a while until it happened during training.

Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima
Kym Marsh says Graziano Di Prima has been a great support. (BBC)

She said: “Everyone thinks that because you’re on the telly you must be amazingly confident, but the truth is that I’m not always and this is how that comes out.

“I don’t know exactly what caused it, I think I’d had some harsh comments from the judges the week before, I’ve been working other jobs at the same time too, so it’s tiring, and I just lost my confidence completely.

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"I went to pieces and said ‘I don’t think I can do this’. At that moment I wasn’t sure I could even carry on with the show."

However, Marsh, who first found fame with Hear'Say after appearing on Popstars, said that the cast and crew pulled together to help her regain control.

Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima won the dance off. (BBC)
Kym Marsh and Graziano Di Prima had been in the dance off a few weeks ago. (BBC) (BBC/Guy Levy)

She told how competitor Hamza Yassin had reminded her "we're only dancing" and said that her dance partner, pro Di Prima is "the most incredible man" who joins her family for dinner at home once a week.

Marsh explained that she has had therapy for anxiety, but still finds herself occasionally affected by panic attacks.

She said that her recent one had left her in tears and meant that she had to cancel the rehearsal.

However, Marsh is due back in the ballroom tonight, where she and Di Prima will dance an American Smooth in the live show.

Strictly Come Dancing continues tonight at 6.55pm on BBC One.

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