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I was a Britain’s Got Talent finalist but living a double life – it made me late to rehearsals and terrified to perform | The Sun
BRITAIN’s Got Talent star Glen Murphy has revealed he was living a "double life" as he struggled with depression ahead of winning The Champions.
The street dancer, from Twist and Pulse, says he was wrestling with the "hardest personal battles" and felt unable to talk about his mental health before lifting the trophy alongside co-star Ashley Glazebrook.
It followed three traumatic moments in one year – a relationship break-up, the suicide of his friend Jack Saunders and his grandad being gravely ill.
Viewers at home and even dance partner Ash were unaware that Glen was suffering with “crippling panic attacks”, anxiety and depression back in 2019.
Now the London-born star, 32, lifts the lid in an exclusive interview with The Sun as he releases his song Made It Out Alive to encourage people to open up.
He tells us: “It felt like I was living a double life. It was a tough year and I was going through my hardest personal battles.
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"I went through a break up with my partner and then my grandad became really ill in the hospital. We feared he wouldn't make it many times.
"It also was the same year that my friend Jack Saunders took his own life. He reached the semi-finals in Britain’s Got Talent with Green Force Five.
“To get through it I put on a mask and a front. I felt I needed to hide my feelings in rehearsals but inside I worried about needing to be at my grandad's side and getting there too late.
“It was a vicious cycle. I wasn’t really speaking to anyone and I hadn’t even told Ash. The only thing he knew was that my grandad was in the hospital.”
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