The broadcaster took part in the third series of ‘Strictly’ way back in 2005, eventually finishing in ninth place, alongside Brendan Cole.
She’s now opened up about the fact that she was “clinically depressed” while taking part in the show, but felt pressured to take part in the show by her agent, even though she didn’t feel well enough.
Speaking to The Mirror, Fiona revealed: “I was asked to do the first series and the second. Then my agent said, ‘If you don’t do it now you can say goodbye to big gigs at the BBC’, and what have you. There was real pressure.
“So I did it but I wasn’t well enough to be doing it, mentally. I was doing ‘GMTV’ and had the children and my parents, and I threw that into the mix and I just felt this enormous guilt. Why am I doing this when my mum’s in a home?”
During her interview with the newspaper, Fiona said she regrets not opening up to the ‘Strictly’ team or her professional partner, Brendan Cole, prior to their elimination in week four.
She said: “I remember that as a really traumatic episode. It’s an amazing privilege to do [‘Strictly’] but I just had too much going on in my head. I was a mess during that, I was on the verge of tears mainly.”
Fiona says she credits practising mindfulness with getting on top of her stress-related issues, explaining: “It is about living in the moment which is really good for stress.
A documentary fronted by Fiona, ‘The Truth About Stress’, will air on BBC One tonight (4 May) at 9pm.