Seann Walsh reveals panic attacks so bad he has to lie down in street after kiss with Strictly's Katya 'ruined his life'May 19, 2021
SEANN Walsh has revealed that he has panic attacks so bad he has to lie down in the street after his kiss with Strictly pro Katya Jones "ruined his life".
The 35-year-old star became embroiled in a snog scandal when he competed on the BBC dance show in 2018.
He has now said that the experience left him with depression and anxiety, fuelled by his then-girlfriend Rebecca Humphries' furious reaction to the kiss – suggesting that he was a "controlling" partner in an emotional statement.
Speaking to the Take Flight podcast, Seann said of the moment: "From that point on, my life changed forever."
Reflecting on suffering from panic attacks when he was younger, the comic went on to detail his "humiliating" recent experiences.
He shared: "The panic attacks came back – big, big panic attacks and I ended up having what I later found out were Vertigo Seizures.
"I had one the other day, I just lied down – I had to lie down in the street, it’s quite humiliating. It’s London so nobody gives a s***."
Seann went on: "I have to relive what happened. Still, I can be ok then suddenly the memories of it all come back.
"It defeats me and beats me until the plates start spinning and I lose balance and fall and start screaming, so I still get them."
The star is now on medication for his anxiety and depression, adding that the kiss was the "first time" he was "living without hope".
Seann's ex Rebecca announced their break-up shortly after the photos emerged online, accusing Seann of gaslighting her and "aggressively, and repeatedly, call[ing] me a psycho/nuts/mental" for being worried about him straying.
Seann said: "A kiss and a statement destroyed my dreams and who I was. What I could have been, what my life could have been, what I could have made myself was gone."
Both Seann and Katya released statements at the time insisting that the kiss was a "one-off" and "mistake".
While Rebecca dumped Seann immediately, Katya's husband and Strictly co-star Neil Jones stood by her side at the time – but they divorced soon after.
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