Roxanne Pallett thought about taking her life after 'Celebrity Big Brother' scandal

Julia Hunt
Contributor
Roxanne Pallett appeared on 2018's Celebrity Big Brother.

Roxanne Pallett has said she considered taking her own life after the Celebrity Big Brother punch row.

The former Emmerdale star was vilified after accusing fellow housemate Ryan Thomas of punching her when they were on the show in 2018, a claim she later admitted was “massively wrong” and apologised for.

Her allegations also sparked thousands of complaints to broadcasting watchdog Ofcom.

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Discussing the scandal on Jeremy Vine’s programme, Pallett said she understood why people were so angry at her.

“It was right that I got that,” she said.

“I chose to go on that show, I put myself out there and I made a mistake in the public eye.”

Pallett, 36, confessed that she was “a person that I didn’t even like” at the time.

Vine asked whether Pallett had ever thought about suicide, and she replied: “Yes.”

The actress said she had done a lot of “soul-searching” and had “educated” herself to make sure it does not happen again.

Pallett kept a relatively low profile for some time after Celebrity Big Brother, but in March this year posted a message on Instagram saying she was just trying to get through each day”.

Roxanne Pallett left CBB. (REX/Shutterstock)

“Thank you for all your messages from over the last few months whilst I was taking some time away & getting some long overdue therapy for PTSD, Panic Disorder & Anxiety,” she wrote.

“Your support during my darkest days have meant more to me than you could possibly know. I felt so alone & unwelcome in this world that I prayed for God to take me away, but somehow I pushed through.

Roxanne Pallett enters the house during the Celebrity Big Brother Launch Night at Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire.

““And part of that was because I was shown love, understanding & compassion. When I had no fight left in me, others were fighting for me.

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“The strength from a kind message, a reassuring smile or a hug in the supermarket were all part of the rescue which helped me take a step forward.

“As anyone who battles mental health knows, it’s a long road ahead. We are all human, we all make mistakes, we are all learning.”

“Just trying to get through each day. I just wanted to say thank you,” she added.