Amanda Abbington fears split from Martin Freeman has 'irreparably damaged' their kids

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Amanda Abbington fears her split from Martin Freeman has "irreparably damaged" their kids.

The couple split in 2016, and the Mr Selfridge star said the painful end to their 16-year relationship may lead to their children - son Joe, 15, and daughter Grace, 12 - turning to therapy later in life.

"I think it's unsettling if I pretend I'm this Stepford Wife parent. Nobody is. I'm sure I've given them irreparable damage and they will be going to therapy because of me and Martin at some point," Amanda shared during a live Instagram Q&A for the It's OK mental health campaign.

"If I can teach them to talk about it, say there's nothing to be frightened of or ashamed of with whatever you're going through - whether you get drunk or try drugs, whatever you do - this place where we live is a safe place where you can say whatever you like," she continued.

"That's what I am striving for and what Martin strives for as well - to create a place where they're not hiding anything," the 47-year-old added.

The actress, who played Martin's onscreen wife Mary in the hit BBC show Sherlock, also said she's open with her children about her battle with depression and confessed she has "really bad days".

"To hide this for my children, that I get depressed and I'm on antidepressants, what are you saying about all these mental health issues? Are you saying they're offensive and shouldn't happen? I don't want that," Amanda stated.