The ‘Anything Could Happen’ singer, did find it hard to accept the pressures of being a pop star at the beginning of her fame and felt the episodes were very frightening. She had been subscribed a sedative (Diazepam) for anxiety, but didn’t really want to take it.
In an interview with The Sun newspaper, she said:
‘There were times when I felt like I was having a heart attack. There was too much adrenaline and my heart was pounding. It’s just such a horrible, horrible thing to go through.
”I hadn’t even released my first proper single when I started to feel the strain of attention. But I don’t believe that it was the attention that was giving me panic attacks.
”I think it was everything in my life colliding at the same time.
”It really did get to a serious point where I couldn’t even walk down the street without getting the pain.
”I’d have a numb arm, a very strange lump in my throat and a really hot chest, like my heart was on fire.
”I had to take Diazepam but I found it debilitating.”
The twenty five year old did start to have cognitive behavioral therapy, helping her to cope.
”The other day I was in Germany and it was a really hectic day and I thought, ‘Oh god here we go,’ but I laid down, started breathing, closed my eyes and told people not to talk to me, and then I was fine.”
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