Rylan Clark has revealed his body ‘shut down’ and that his mum Linda was convinced he was having a stroke during his breakdown last year.
The presenter, 33, admitted he couldn’t even talk and had ‘slurred’ speech while taking time away from the spotlight amid his divorce from ex-husband Dan Neal.
He previously claimed to have dropped to just nine stone which led to him being hospitalised for ‘safety reasons’ after refusing food.
‘My mum thought I was having a stroke!’ Rylan Clark has revealed his body ‘shut down’ and that he ‘couldn’t even talk’ amid his divorce from ex-husband Dan Neal last year
Now, in an exclusive interview with MailOnline, the TV personality said: ‘My body did completely shut down. I wouldn’t eat. I went through a stage where I couldn’t even talk, which for some people might be quite handy.
‘My speech was just slurred. My mum thought I was having a stroke. My body just went. I went down to 9st and I am six-foot-four.’
An avid Eurovision fan, he has been a semi-final commentator since 2018 but his notable absence during the 2021 contest raised red flags among friends.
Rylan continued: ‘Two days before I was due to do Eurovision, everyone knew when I wasn’t at Eurovision something was wrong.
Health battle: He previously claimed to have dropped to just nine stone which led to him being hospitalised for ‘safety reasons’ after refusing food (pictured with his mum Linda)
‘If I had done it, I may not have gone on such a quick decline. And when I say quick decline, it felt like minutes. I felt like I’d had the jab and I was shutting down.’
The former Celebrity Big Brother housemate, who claims he hadn’t stopped working since his stint on 2012’s The X Factor, confessed he ‘needed’ a break.
He said: ‘It was hard but on reflection, yes, I needed to stop. Maybe it was an amalgamation of 10 years. I didn’t stop since the day I went on The X Factor.
‘Nothing stopped. I don’t regret stopping. I do feel if I try to carry on, maybe I could have dealt with things better from a personal point of view. I don’t regret that I stopped.’
Brave: In an interview with MailOnline, the TV personality said: ‘My body did completely shut down. I wouldn’t eat. I went through a stage where I couldn’t even talk’ (pictured last week)
Having enjoyed a solo trip to Spain last week, Rylan said: ‘Doing what I did last week with Barcelona is a stop for me. That is how I am going to manage going forward.
‘If I feel I need a stop, have a stop, but have an enjoyable stop with yourself. And don’t be frightened of your own company.
‘I have never been on my own my entire life, ever. I would always live with my mum. Then I went on The X Factor. Then I met my ex partner and we moved straight in together.
‘I had never lived on my own, at 32. I was so frightened. That is what I was frightened of, being on my own. I was frightened of not having someone there.’
Earlier this year, Rylan revealed he ‘didn’t know if he could continue to live’ following the breakdown of his marriage, which saw him take a step away from the spotlight.
Exes: Rylan and former policeman Dan announced their split in June last year after six years together (pictured in 2015)
The TV personality shocked his fans when he temporarily gave up his BBC Radio 2 hosting duties, but has now confessed he was hospitalised for ‘safety reasons’ after refusing food.
He admitted he ‘was a danger to himself’ and ‘didn’t think he would get better’ when things were at their worst, nor that he would ‘be here today’.
At a time where drones were flying over his house and concern from his adoring supporters was mounting, Rylan revealed he couldn’t have felt lonelier.
He told The Observer: ‘It’s really strange talking about this, because I’ve not even spoken about it to my friends. I just never thought I could get that ill.’
Family: Rylan recently lauded his Celebrity Gogglebox co-star, 69, for being his ‘entire support’ and helping him find a ‘new life’ for himself amid his woes
‘I went down to just over 9st and I’m 6ft 4in. It got bad. Like, very bad. And I didn’t think it would get better. I needed help.’
The former X Factor contestant confessed he ‘did not know himself at certain points’ and was ‘having thoughts and doing things that made him f****d up’.
He continued: ‘I didn’t think I’d be here. I didn’t think I could continue [to work or to live]. I didn’t think I’d actually come back. I was very… gone.’
Rylan admitted in a recent interview with The Sun that he became ‘dangerously thin’ and ‘mentally unwell’ following his split from husband Dan Neal last year.
Wow! Revealing she also forced him to eat, Rylan claimed he dropped to just nine stone and was hospitalised for ‘safety reasons’ after refusing food (pictured in April 2022)
The television presenter and former policeman Dan announced their split in June last year after six years together.
And, while Rylan admits life was ‘s**t’ after the break-up, he has since bounced back, concentrating on his health and diet while buffing up in the gym, putting on four stone.
He said: ‘I got ill and I lost weight, I went down to under ten stone — and I’m six feet four inches, so that’s not good.
‘The honest truth is that it’s been s**t.’
Celebrity Big Brother winner Rylan took a break from his work commitments over the summer in a bid to look after himself, hailing his mother Linda as a ‘lifesaver’ in that time.
The media personality said his family had been ‘majorly worried’ about him after he ‘disappeared’ for four months this year, taking a break from public life and staying quiet on social media.
‘One of my biggest regrets of this year was putting my mum through me not being well,’ he said. ‘I needed to get back to me.’
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Exes: The former X Factor star who went through a highly publicised breakup his husband Dan last year, explained that he now saw the heartbreaking event as a ‘blessing’ (pictured in 2017)
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