Watch: Suzanne Shaw opens up on struggling after Hear'Say split
Suzanne Shaw has told how she turned to alcohol after the collapse of her pop group Hear’Say.
But things rapidly turned sour and the group fell apart in 2002, and Shaw has now revealed that she suffered something like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
She told The Sun that the singers were “guinea pigs” as reality shows were newer back then and there was nobody to consider the psychological impact of becoming stars overnight.
She said Hear’Say’s demise came about because “we were massively over exposed, people got bored of us very quickly and it soon became less about our music and more about our personal lives”.
Shaw said she struggled to cope with the trauma and by the time the group split up she didn’t realise she was suffering from mental health issues.
“Life as I knew it disappeared overnight and I had no support system in place,” she said. “I would actually compare what happened to PTSD, as the shock was so massive.”
The 39-year-old said her coping mechanism became “a very unhealthy relationship with alcohol, which numbed the pain”.
Things worsened early in 2005 when she and Darren Day split not long after the birth of her son Corey.
Shaw said she was “totally overwhelmed” and needed to get away from the mental chatter in her head.
"I thought, ‘I’ll just have a glass of wine. Or I’ll sleep. Or I’ll just have a sleeping tablet’,” she explained.
Shaw said she really started to address things 18 months ago and gave up drinking in January 2020, as well as discovering running.
She also found love again with fiancé Sam Greenfield, and the couple have a son named Rafferty.
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