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Rylan Clark has revealed that he suffered two heart attacks during his 2021 divorce from his husband of six years.
Rylan announced his separation from Dan Neal on Instagram in July 2021, saying he had made “a series of mistakes that I deeply regret that inevitably led to the breakdown of our marriage.”
After the breakup, Rylan took four months off work. He revealed during his live show, An Evening with Rylan Clark on Wednesday (21.9.) that he ended up in hospital during this period.
“There were times when my mum was really worried I’d had a stroke,” he said, “my speech was slurred, I couldn’t get any words out, it was like my body had shut down.”
“I ended up in the back of an ambulance twice last year because my heart failed.
Rylan recalled feeling his “heart hurt” for weeks, and even though his mom tried to write it off as heartbreak, he knew it was something more.
“Your BPM.” [heartbeats per minute] it was supposed to be 60 to 120 and mine was 248 and I felt it and knew it wasn’t right and it turns out my heart had to be restarted.
“I just remember laying in resus… and having all these pads on all these wires and not understanding what it was.
Rylan described how doctors gave him an injection to stop and reset his heart.
He”took a breath” and his heart returned to a normal rhythm – doctors told him they weren’t sure that would happen and that they had attached him to pads to electronically resuscitate him if the worst happened.
‘Thrown Into The Deep End’
Rylan’s mental health suffered greatly during his divorce.
“I tried to do things that I’m not proud of now, and I’m glad I failed,” he said.
“When you go to sleep every night and you wish you didn’t wake up and you hope that someone up there is going to take you in the night and it’s not your fault, it’s horrible.”
When Rylan decided to go back to work, he said things started to look up. “Wanting to be ready is sometimes more important than being ready and I’m glad I did.
“When you’re thrown into the deep end, you have to sink or swim, and I thought no one was going to ruin my career. No one is taking that away from me, I worked too hard for it and I swam.’
Readers affected by the issues raised in this story are encouraged to contact the Samaritans toll free on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). US readers are encouraged to contact National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.