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Fiona Phillips 'Felt Pressured' Into Doing 'Strictly Come Dancing', Despite Not Being 'Mentally Well Enough'

"My agent said, ‘If you don’t do it now you can say goodbye to big gigs at the BBC’."

04/05/2017 08:38 BST | Updated 04/05/2017 18:22 BST

Fiona Phillips has opened up about her time on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, explaining that she was struggling with her mental health while she took part in the show.

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.

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Fiona and Brendan in 2005

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.

“Not looking back to the past and not looking to the future. I’m learning just to concentrate on deep breathing, trying to centre myself in the moment and calmly do what I have to do first.”

A documentary fronted by Fiona, ‘The Truth About Stress’, will air on BBC One tonight (4 May) at 9pm.

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