Rylan Clark, 33, was inconsolable when his marriage of six years fell apart, and he couldn’t stop crying. He was left incapable of eating, working or even sleeping and – during one especially intense moment of desperation – his mother Linda suggested he slept in her bed with her instead of being alone.
The presenter and former X Factor star, who had been wed to Dan Neal until their difficult break-up, also needed to be “forced” to eat.
Talking of his period of depression, he described himself as a “puppet” and his mum as “the strings”.
“She was my entire support,” he explained to OK! magazine, adding: “I couldn’t have got through the last year without my mum.”
Linda, who was also present at his interview, chimed in: “It was really hard last year. He’s got this beautiful home, but he was here with me.
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“At the time [I told people] ‘Mummy’s not too well with her Crohn’s,’ but no, it was actually me that wasn’t too well.”
He added candidly: “She’s always taking the fall for her son.”
Rylan appeared to blame himself in his initial statement reporting his marital collapse.
“Following reports about Dan and I spending time apart, I feel I have to speak out – as the way it is being reported is unfair,” he revealed on Instagram at the time.