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Devlin finds her feet after seeking support


Janet Devlin

Janet Devlin

Janet Devlin

Janet Devlin has revealed how she has been battling with mental ill-health since the age of 11.

The X Factor star, from Gortin, Co Tyrone, admitted it took her eight years to find the courage to seek the help she needed.

The 27-year-old singer said: “The first time I reached out for help I was 19, but I wasn’t ready for it because, as an alcoholic, you have to be willing to get better.

“But when I was 20, I finally hit rock bottom and I went in [for treatment].

“That was when I finally started to get better.”

As well as battling alcohol addiction, Janet, who has always been open about her struggles, has battled depression, started self-harming at the age of 11 and was diagnosed as anorexic at 12.

She said that it was only last year that she was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder.

“I was addicted to benzodiazepines, which are used for sleep,” she explained.

“I was addicted to these sleeping pills for about seven years and I was casually overdosing on them.”

Reflecting on her X Factor experience, which she described as “incredible”, the singer, who is currently on her It’s Not That Deep tour, added: “To put it in perspective, I was flying to the judge’s house in Miami and I was doing my psychology homework on the plane.

“It was all very surreal because I was 16, so I didn’t really have much of a concept of what was going on, but I was in a really bad place in the sense that I had a lot of depression. I didn’t have a lot of self-belief, but that’s what the show gave me.”

Janet appeared on The X Factor in 2011 and reached the quarter-finals.

Janet Devlin is performing at Belfast’s Limelight on September 9. Tickets are now on sale.

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