She has shied away from the spotlight since welcoming her first child into the world, and it seems former Coronation Street star Helen Flanagan is perfectly happy to be wrapped up in motherhood.
The 26-year-old, famous for playing the role of Rosie Webster in the soap, has revealed how her daughter ‘turned her life around’ after experiencing suicidal thoughts.
Admitting that her struggle with depression and panic attacks fuelled her exit from Corrie back in 2012, Helen gave The Sun an insight into her health battle.
“One day I was driving into the ITV studios and I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if I just crashed my car now and it was all over?’ I’ve suffered from depression. I was down and it was very intense – I don’t think I was very well,” she said.
Three years later, Helen welcomed daughter Matilda with long-term partner Scott Sinclair, and she admits everything changed once she became a mother and had a new purpose in life.
Earlier this year, Helen said she was ‘in her element being a mum’.
“Before, I was a bit lost; and now I have got Matilda she has really completed me. She just made me so much happier. It gives you so much perspective, I’m besotted with her,” she said, during an appearance on Loose Women.
We’re delighted to hear of the life-changing impact motherhood has had on Helen.