Sheridan Smith has admitted the public don’t know the truth about her "breakdown".

The Cilla star pulled out of her West End show Funny Girl for several months with stress and exhaustion before her father died of cancer in December 2016.

Sheridan, who is releasing new album ‘A Northern Soul’, confessed she "felt terrible" for fans who had bought tickets but she needed to be with her dying dad.

The actress confessed she was "spiralling out of control" and did things that she regrets.

While Sheridan understands the backlash she received, she said there were lots of things "going on behind-the-scenes".


Speaking on ITV’s Lorraine, she said: "I totally had a breakdown and unfortunately because I was spiralling out of control and making mistakes things I regret because I wasn’t in the right frame of mind.

"I kind of understand that will get a backlash but you don’t really know what’s going on behind-the-scenes."

Sheridan thanked fans for their support during the year from hell after her father’s death.

Nearly two years on she still has times where she struggles but has come out of the other end stronger.

She said: "Everyone goes through grief don’t they. People deal with it in different ways. Obviously there will still be days when it hits you but it gives you strength in a way.

"The support from people has been amazing. People hugging me in the street saying they’ve been through the same."

The much-loved performer admitted she still gets nervous during interviews but loves being on stage.

Sheridan is taking part in a one night headline show at The O2 after her sell-out debut UK tour.

She told Lorraine: "Being on stage or acting, I’m fine then. Acting you’re playing someone else, it’s not you, losing yourself in someone else.

"Doing this album, doing interviews, is quite scary. Going out on stage is what I love."

*Lorraine airs weekdays on ITV at 8.30am

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