In the wake of Mike Thalassitis' tragic death this weekend, many reality stars have been speaking out about their mental health and the support (or lack thereof) given to celebs once the cameras stop rolling. Amongst these, former Goggleboxer Chris Steed has revealed that he has suffered intensely with his mental health since leaving the Channel 4 show, saying 'I’ve felt like a failure, I’ve been depressed, I struggle in social situations, I’m agoraphobic.'
Chris has hit out at the show in a tweet claiming that he received no aftercare after being 'bullied off' the show: 'My thoughts go out to the family of @MikeThalassitis. Others are raising questions about reality aftercare. Totally agree. I’ve had none since being bullied off @C4Gogglebox & contemplated suicide last year. I’m now realising it’s an industry-wide failing. This has got to change'.
This weekend Chris has also gone public with the falling out he had with ex-boyfriend and former Gogglebox co-star Stephen Webb, who now appears on the show alongside his husband Daniel Lustig.
Chris and Stephen were a couple when they filmed the first series of Gogglebox together back in 2013. They broke up before filming series 2 but remained good friends and continued to film together until series 10, when Chris was replaced by Stephen's mum Pat. Chris now claims that Stephen 'forced him off Gogglebox', and calls his ex a 'bully' who would frequently put him down.
Take a look at the video above for the full details on the feud...
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