19/03/2012 10:07 GMT | Updated 19/03/2012 10:08 GMT

Danielle Lloyd Drank To Cope With Depression

Danielle Lloyd has revealed she hit the bottle after she was plunged into a dark depression following the premature birth of her second son.

The model has been through a series of tough ordeals over the past year. She battled to save her relationship with footballer fiance Jamie O'Hara as he faced a career-threatening injury and her second son, Harry, struggled to survive after he was born with a hole in his heart. Doctors also recently discovered a blood clot in Danielle's chest which could have killed her.

So it's little surprise the WAG succumbed to the heavy stresses in her life and turned to booze to cope.

In an interview with Fabulous magazine, she said: "It was after we got Harry home that the depression kicked in... I sat down and thought, 'Oh my God, what have I just been through?' And I started drinking a lot... It started off with a glass after I'd put the boys to bed.

"I'd tell myself I deserved that glass of wine after a stressful day. It was my reward, a way to unwind and relax. But then that glass turned into two and it quickly got to the point where I was drinking a bottle of wine every single night."

However, Jamie put aside the couple's troubles and encouraged Danielle to see her GP to get help for her issues.

She added: "Jamie sat me down one night and said, 'Dan, you know this isn't good. It's got to stop.' As soon as he said it I knew he was right. I was permanently dehydrated and not functioning properly, but until then it hadn't occurred to me that I had a problem... I booked an appointment with the doctor and when I got there that was it. I just broke down. I admitted I wasn't coping very well."

The star also admits she's still finding it difficult to remain positive, adding: "It's been horrendous. Every time I think I'm getting back on my feet, something else comes to knock me down again. I'm a good person. I just don't know what I've done to deserve all this."