Sophie Habboo has spoken out about her crippling anxiety after taking time out to take care of herself.

The former Made In Chelsea star, 29, who is married to series co-star Jamie Laing, 34, has not been pictured with her husband and has not appeared on their podcast Newlyweds for weeks.

On Monday she took to her Instagram Stories to explain why she’d taken some time away from the spotlight, admitting she was finding it increasingly difficult to be herself. 

She explained: ‘I wanted to address something, as I know a lot of you have been asking where I was, and sending lots of lovely messages and I wanted to thank you for those. 

‘But also to answer them… the truth is, I have struggled with anxiety for many years, but the last year it got pretty debilitating. And as much as I love showing you guys my life, doing the podcasts with my husband and best friend, it was becoming progressively hard to be that person as I just was not feeling myself. 

Troubled: Sophie Habboo, 29, has spoken out about her crippling anxiety after taking time out to take care of herself

Troubled: Sophie Habboo, 29, has spoken out about her crippling anxiety after taking time out to take care of herself

Time out: The former Made In Chelsea star who is married Jamie Laing, 34, has not been pictured with her husband and has not appeared on their podcast Newlyweds for weeks

Time out: The former Made In Chelsea star who is married Jamie Laing, 34, has not been pictured with her husband and has not appeared on their podcast Newlyweds for weeks

‘The more I continued to live in that space without talking about it and trying to put a plaster on it, the worse I felt. 

‘So, I decided to go away to recoup, be in a place that I could get professional help so that I could get back to myself, understand what was going on what was causing me to feel this way and change it. 

‘I’m now back and I wanted to share this with you, because not only am I so grateful to have been able to go and get help, but I also am so grateful to have been able to get back to a place where I feel like me again.

‘I’ve learnt a lot and I know this is something that will be part of my life forever, but I have the tools to manage it now and I want to be able to be honest with you guys as I felt like I was lying to you by not telling you and showing you only one side of me on social etc. 

‘But truly, I am very, very, very grateful to all of you, you’ve sent me such kind, supportive messages and I am so happy to be back, and able to live life finally as a newly wed!! 

‘But most importantly, I know first hand how scary it is to admit to yourself let alone others that you are struggling mentally, and I just wanted to come on here to say it’s okay. 

‘It’s okay to say it and ask for help and hopefully I can help some of you guys to do that. 

‘And continue to talk about mental health on here, so that no one has to be ashamed, alone or scared.’

Statement: On Monday she took to her Instagram Stories to explain why she'd taken some time away from the spotlight

Statement: On Monday she took to her Instagram Stories to explain why she’d taken some time away from the spotlight

It comes after Sophie’s husband Jamie arrived solo at the National Television Awards at the O2 Arena in London earlier this month.

Posing up a storm, Jamie tucked his hands into his pockets as he rocked a black suit and khaki patterned shirt.

The star paired his look with smart black suit shoes and appeared in good spirits as he offered a wide grin to the cameras.

Earlier this month, Sophie and her new husband Jamie Laing looked smitten as they got ready for her sister Georgia’s wedding.

The podcaster wrapped her arm around Jamie, 34, as they arrived at the exotic wedding location with friends in a series of social media snaps.

Sophie showcased her enviable figure in a pink bikini top and white shorts as she stood behind her beau.

Getting into the holiday spirit, she donned a straw beach hat and covered her face with black sunglasses.

Meanwhile, Jamie cut a casual figure in a black t-shirt and purple swimming shorts.

Looking good! Jamie Laing put on a dapper display as he arrived at the National Television Awards solo at London's O2 earlier this month

Looking good! Jamie Laing put on a dapper display as he arrived at the National Television Awards solo at London’s O2 earlier this month

Missing: Arriving solo, the former Made In Chelsea star appeared without his wife Sophie on his arm

Missing: Arriving solo, the former Made In Chelsea star appeared without his wife Sophie on his arm 

Sharing the snaps to her Instagram Stories, Sophie gave fans a behind-the-scenes look at celebrations as Georgia and a group of girls enjoyed an evening together.

Sophie also shared a snap of two of Georgia’s friends walking through the greenery, writing ‘Bridesmaids on a mission’.

On Monday she took to her Instagram Stories to explain why she’d taken some time away from the spotlight.

Newlyweds Sophie and Jamie said ‘I do’ at the Chelsea registry office in April and later tied the knot again in a grand ceremony for a second time in Spain in late May . 

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