3 Jul 2022, 20:37
3 Jul 2022, 09:40
Sheridan Smith made a frank admission about her dad’s death and how it led to a breakdown.
The actress spoke out about her ‘meltdown’ two years after the death of her beloved father in 2016.
Sheridan Smith on losing her dad
Speaking in 2018, Sheridan admitted she ‘lost it’ when she heard dad Colin had terminal cancer.
At the time she was appearing in West End hit show Funny Girls.
Sheridan starred in hit West End show Funny Girl (Credit: YouTube)
She pulled out, citing stress, but didn’t go into detail.
Later that year the 80-year-old passed away.
Everyone has wobbles in life, don’t they?
Sheridan said: “I kind of lost it a bit after he died.
“I’ve come out the other side now and I need to get it all out through my music.
“In public it looks like I’ve moaned about everything with my dad dying, but that’s not the case.
“I just had a massive meltdown.”
Sheridan made the comments in an ITV documentary following her return to her home town of Doncaster.
“My mum said, ‘Well, you’ve got to get back, you’ve got the show, you can’t let people down’ and rightly so.
“People had bought tickets a year in advance and I hate letting people down.
“They’ve taught me that the show goes on, even if you’re ill, and I get that.’
Sheridan Smith attending the 2017 Olivier Awards, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, shortly after losing her dad (Credit: Cover Images)
Sheridan, spoke of how she cancelled a number of shows and even pulled out of the Royal Variety Show, blaming ‘stress and exhaustion’.
But she added: “I ran away from that, I ran away from that situation.
“I’ve come out the other side and I think people are very forgiving of all that, even though it’s all been in the public eye.
“Everyone has wobbles in life, don’t they?”
Sheridan continues to shine
While grief caused Sheridan’s ‘wobble’, she continues to shine in her career as a singer, actress and presenter.
In her personal life she’s also a doting mum to son Billy, two, and admits she’s found a peace she never thought possible.
Sheridan, 41, named her son after Billy Connolly, a close friend of the actress since they worked on Quartet together.
This weekend she’ll be lending her voice to The Cruise which will air on Channel 5, Sunday at 1pm.
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