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Coronation Street actress Beverly Callard has said her time in the I’m A Celebrity… castle last year helped with her mental health.
The 64 year old actress has frequently spoken candidly about her mental health in recent years, winning praise from fans for speaking candidly about her decades-long struggle with depression.
Now, in a brand new OK! interview, the star has revealed how taking part in last year's I'm A Celeb had a perhaps surprisingly positive effect.
When asked if her stint in the Welsh castle helped with depression, she told us: "I do, actually. The 12 of us came together as this amazing bunch of people who had an incredible friendship."
Her husband Jon said it was great to see Beverley so happy, adding: "Yeah, it was very strange to watch. I used to look at her face and wonder if she was really happy or smiling for the camera.
"It was the longest time we’d been away from each other in 10 years, so it was strange."
Beverley takes medication to help with her mental wellbeing, and told OK! that she will do so "for the rest of my life".
"Jon is brilliant," she said. "One of the biggest things I have to fight is that I’m a people pleaser and very insecure. I’ve got very low self-esteem, but I have to check myself every now and again. Jon helps me with that."
The couple have recently purchased their own motorhome and in our exclusive chat, the couple revealed plans to hit the road and travel around Europe when restrictions allow.
"Because I’m a well-recognised face, this is the perfect escape," Beverley said, before Jon admitted: "We didn’t really give buying it a lot of thought. We just thought, 'Shall we get a motorhome?' Then Beverley went on the internet and by the next week we had it."
The couple have already tested their new wheels with a trip to the Peak District.
"I did get recognised, but everyone on the campsite isn’t really interested," Beverley said. "They are more fresh-air types, which I’m trying to be."
Beverley and Jon, who met on a blind date, plan to move from Manchester to Kent with their Black Russian Terriers, Arthur and Elsie, to be closer to their blended family. Beverley is mum to Rebecca, 46, and Joshua, 31, while Jon is dad to Ben, 34, Jon, 31, and Danielle, 29.
Read Beverley and Jon's full interview – and see inside their new motorhome! – here.
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