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Stephanie has denied suggestions in the media that she turned up to work drunk, leading to her being fired from the Channel 4 series, though she has admitted to using alcohol binges to cope with the pressures of work.
In an emotional new interview with The Mirror, she reveals: “I will hold my hands up and admit I’ve been drinking too much. I've been struggling for a while and booze was an escape for me.
"I usually worked six days a week. My only day off was a Thursday, but I went out most Friday and Saturdays.”
Going into detail about her alcohol consumption, she explains: "Typically I'd share a bottle of prosecco with my friends, then I'd move on to vodka, lime and lemonades. I'd end the night with a few shots of tequila."
She goes on to say that the final straw for show bosses came when she walked off the set in the middle of a day of shooting, pushing them to terminate her contract, five years after making her debut on ‘Hollyoaks’.
Stephanie - who first rose to prominence on the musical theatre reality series 'Over The Rainbow' - admits: “I had my make-up done then I just said to one of my castmates, I can’t do this.
“I said I was going to go home. People tried to stop me and warn me about the consequences. But I said, ‘I don’t care’. I just wasn’t thinking straight.”
The actress also took the opportunity to apologise publicly to ‘Hollyoaks’ bosses for her behaviour, claiming she felt “suffocated” by her soap role.
"Even then I’d be thinking about my script the next day. I even had my tea watching Hollyoaks. I felt suffocated.
"I honestly don’t have a serious drink problem. I’m a normal 22-year-old girl. I like to have a good time but I know my limits. Now I want the world to see who I really am.”
Last month, Stephanie thanked her fans for their support, after the news broke that she had been sacked, tweeting: “I would like to thank all of the fans for your continued support and not believing everything you read.
“I'm excited to embark on a new adventure and already excited with things to come! U guys have been amazing and I love you all!!!”