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Frankie Bridge has opened up on her marriage to Wayne Bridge and how him supporting her through her battle with depression made their marriage stronger.
Former The Saturdays singer Frankie, 31, met former footballer Wayne, 40, in 2011.
The pair married in a private ceremony in 2014 and have two sons, Parker and Carter, together.
Frankie, who recently opened up on battling her eating disorder, said Wayne could have “run for the hills” when she had a breakdown shortly after they got together in 2011.
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But, Frankie said Wayne’s supportiveness helped make their relationship even stronger.
Speaking to The Sun on Sunday Frankie, who had a breakdown and spent some time in a psychiatric hospital in 2011, said: “We’ve been together ten years and I would say we’ve only really got better at communicating in the last couple of years.
“I had my breakdown right early on, it was in our first year of our relationship together and he was amazing.
“He could’ve run for the hills, but he didn’t. He stuck around and he tried to learn as much as he could through my therapists and doctors at the time. It was a real stress for him.
“I carried on with work, and life just moved on and we never really discussed it, as such.
“Not that it was like a ‘hush-hush subject’, but I guess we just moved on from it all.
“And it’s only really over the last few years, and as I’ve got older, that I understand myself more. I know what I need from someone now in that situation and I know how to ask for it.”
Former singer Frankie, who recently opened up on her latest mental health battle, said she didn’t expect her hubby to “fix her” when she was struggling.
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She explained: “Nine times out of ten, no one can fix what I’m anxious about or what I’m depressed about.
“So I’m not looking for answers from him. I want him to either listen or give me a hug, or to go and take the kids and sort them out so that I don’t have to. And now all I have to do is cry and know I just need to cry and get it out.
“Or I just say, ‘Look I’m feeling really rubbish today’ and he just kind of does it.”
Last year, Frankie released her book Open: Why Asking for Help Can Save Your Life, where she candidly opened up on her mental health battles and struggles with suicidal thoughts.
Looking back at that time in her life, Frankie revealed to OK! magazine at the time: “I definitely wasn't capable of looking after myself at that point. I had no idea what was going on and I felt completely out of control. I'd lost who I was.”
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