Billie Piper sought therapy to help deal with teen pop star fame

Billie Piper has revealed she sought therapy to help her recover from the ‘very adult’ situations she found herself in as a teen pop star.

The actress, 38, enjoyed meteoric fame as a singer after debut single Because We Want To was released when she was just 15.

In The Big Issue’s Letter To My Younger Self, she wrote: ‘I was very often in strange, very adult situations that I wouldn’t subject my own kids to [at the age of] 16.

Honest: Billie Piper has revealed she sought therapy to help her recover from the 'very adult' situations she found herself in as a teen pop star

Honest: Billie Piper has revealed she sought therapy to help her recover from the 'very adult' situations she found herself in as a teen pop star

Honest: Billie Piper has revealed she sought therapy to help her recover from the ‘very adult’ situations she found herself in as a teen pop star

‘I was going through everything a teenager goes through, but very publicly. Therapy has been crucial to my getting better.

‘If you can get your kids any sort of mental health support, get it.’ 

Billie found success with her debut album Honey To The B in 1998 which was followed by her second album Walk of Life two years later.

The star confirmed in 2003 that she had abandoned her music career in favour of pursuing acting. 

Pop star: The actress, 38, rose to fame as a singer when her debut single Because We Want To was released when she was just 15 (pictured in 1998)

Pop star: The actress, 38, rose to fame as a singer when her debut single Because We Want To was released when she was just 15 (pictured in 1998)

Pop star: The actress, 38, rose to fame as a singer when her debut single Because We Want To was released when she was just 15 (pictured in 1998)

Billie previously told how she battled through similar mental health issues to Britney Spears.

Britney, 39, famously suffered a public breakdown in 2007 after checking out of rehab, which saw her shave her head and attack paparazzi with an umbrella.

Billie recalled how working 18-hour days and having a ‘lack of control’ over everything had a very ‘negative impact’ on her life.

Looking back on her early years, Billie told how working relentlessly to become a music star took a toll on her mental health and eventually led to an eating disorder. 

Candid: In The Big Issue's Letter To My Younger Self, she wrote: 'I was very often in strange, very adult situations that I wouldn't subject my own kids to [at the age of] 16' (picutred in 2000)

Candid: In The Big Issue's Letter To My Younger Self, she wrote: 'I was very often in strange, very adult situations that I wouldn't subject my own kids to [at the age of] 16' (picutred in 2000)

Candid: In The Big Issue’s Letter To My Younger Self, she wrote: ‘I was very often in strange, very adult situations that I wouldn’t subject my own kids to [at the age of] 16’ (picutred in 2000)

Speaking to the Happy Place podcast, the mother-of-three explained: ‘I don’t know anyone who worked as hard as I did at 15.

‘It was a combination of burnout, the trauma of becoming really famous, being disconnected with my family, a lack of control in my life – hence the eating disorder.’

She went on: ‘I also felt I was a teenager and changing emotionally and psychologically so much. When I think of the life I lived as a child, with an 18-hour working day and never seeing my family, I see how it negatively impacted my life.’

Like Billie, Britney was a teen pop sensation, with Billie noting she relates Britney’s troubled time and mental struggles.  

‘You think: “It is so easy not to come out of that alive or without any trust and without some crippling mental health issue”. 

Billie wrote: 'I was going through everything a teenager goes through, but very publicly. Therapy has been crucial to my getting better'

Billie wrote: 'I was going through everything a teenager goes through, but very publicly. Therapy has been crucial to my getting better'

Billie wrote: ‘I was going through everything a teenager goes through, but very publicly. Therapy has been crucial to my getting better’

Billie controversially married radio DJ Chris Evans in Las Vegas in 2001, with their union raising eyebrows as Billie was just 18 while Chris was 35.

She went on to say how their three-year romance was her ‘healing years’ as it allowed her to freely eat and drink as she wanted.

She added: ‘I needed them so badly and it also gave me space to reinvent with acting.’

In February, Billie shed light on her teenage eating disorder and revealed her need to be ‘the best version of herself’ led to a ‘very active’ battle with her health.

The actress wrote a candid essay for ELLE UK, in which she revealed she once collapsed at the age of 18 after ‘days of Diet Cokes and Marlboro Lights’ exacerbated her eating disorder in 1996, as she admitted she needed ‘control’.

Relate: Billie previously told how she battled through similar mental health issues to Britney Spears, who suffered a breakdown in 2007

Relate: Billie previously told how she battled through similar mental health issues to Britney Spears, who suffered a breakdown in 2007

Relate: Billie previously told how she battled through similar mental health issues to Britney Spears, who suffered a breakdown in 2007

Speaking about her evolving mental health woes up to the current day, she penned: ‘This need to achieve and control and be the best version of myself morphed into an eating disorder, then later into what I can only describe as an addiction to work.’

Billie has been candid in the past about her battle with anorexia, including revealing in the past: ‘At one point, I managed five days without solid food’.

She has now revealed a life changing incident left her terrified when she had a ‘dramatic turn’ which saw her get taken to hospital by a man she later learned was Paul Solomons, who is now Kylie Minogue’s fiancé.

Explaining what happened, she wrote: ‘It was 2000 when I passed out in a Covent Garden club – “foaming at the mouth”, but I have no reason to believe that.

Struggles: Billie recalled how working 18-hour days and having a 'lack of control' over everything had a very 'negative impact' on her life (pictured in 1998)

Struggles: Billie recalled how working 18-hour days and having a 'lack of control' over everything had a very 'negative impact' on her life (pictured in 1998)

Struggles: Billie recalled how working 18-hour days and having a ‘lack of control’ over everything had a very ‘negative impact’ on her life (pictured in 1998)

‘My PR rang through to my hospital bed to fill in some blanks – I’d been carried out of the club by a man, apparently. A hero or a pest? I wondered. It’s always hard to tell.

‘(Later, I’d find out his name is Paul, like my dad. He’s Welsh, works at GQ and will, in time, become a dear friend, a blinding success and Kylie Minogue’s fiancé. Hero, not pest. Kylie knows.)’

Billie went on: ‘My “dramatic turn” – as I liked to call it – was a result of days of Diet Cokes and Marlboro Lights fuelling a very active eating disorder…

‘Cystitis that crept up my back and into my kidneys, a goblet of sweet white wine and a mind and body dissociation that I feared for the very first time.

Shock: In February, Billie shed light on her teenage eating disorder and revealed her need to be 'the best version of herself' led to a 'very active' battle with her health (pictured in 2000)

Shock: In February, Billie shed light on her teenage eating disorder and revealed her need to be 'the best version of herself' led to a 'very active' battle with her health (pictured in 2000)

Shock: In February, Billie shed light on her teenage eating disorder and revealed her need to be ‘the best version of herself’ led to a ‘very active’ battle with her health (pictured in 2000) 

‘Later, this need to achieve and control and be the best version of myself morphed into an eating disorder, then later into what I can only describe as an addiction to work.’

Billie stipulated that being aware of her mental health struggles meant she could work on it: ‘Now being aware of that propensity means I can, to an extent, do something about it.’

Billie went on: ‘My “dramatic turn” – as I liked to call it – was a result of days of Diet Cokes and Marlboro Lights fuelling a very active eating disorder…

Reflective: The actress wrote a candid essay for ELLE UK , in which she revealed she once collapsed at the age of 18 after 'days of Diet Cokes and Marlboro Lights' exacerbated her eating disorder in 1996, as she admitted she needed 'control' (pictured in 1999)

Reflective: The actress wrote a candid essay for ELLE UK , in which she revealed she once collapsed at the age of 18 after 'days of Diet Cokes and Marlboro Lights' exacerbated her eating disorder in 1996, as she admitted she needed 'control' (pictured in 1999)

Reflective: The actress wrote a candid essay for ELLE UK , in which she revealed she once collapsed at the age of 18 after ‘days of Diet Cokes and Marlboro Lights’ exacerbated her eating disorder in 1996, as she admitted she needed ‘control’ (pictured in 1999) 

‘Cystitis that crept up my back and into my kidneys, a goblet of sweet white wine and a mind and body dissociation that I feared for the very first time.

‘Later, this need to achieve and control and be the best version of myself morphed into an eating disorder, then later into what I can only describe as an addiction to work.’

Billie stipulated that being aware of her mental health struggles meant she could work on it: ‘Now being aware of that propensity means I can, to an extent, do something about it.’

Awareness: Billie added her mental health has morphed over the years, and she has had to deal with anxiety and an 'obsession' with achieving more, but she can now work to improve it

Awareness: Billie added her mental health has morphed over the years, and she has had to deal with anxiety and an 'obsession' with achieving more, but she can now work to improve it

Awareness: Billie added her mental health has morphed over the years, and she has had to deal with anxiety and an ‘obsession’ with achieving more, but she can now work to improve it

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