Danniella Westbrook Details Childhood Sexual Abuse

'It was within the workplace and continued for a lot of my life.'

Danniella Westbrook has revealed she was sexually abused as a child.

The 'EastEnders' actress opened up about the horrific ordeal she suffered at the age of seven, in the upcoming Channel 5 documentary, 'Danniella Westbrook: In Therapy'.

Danniella told of how she was targeted at the start of her modelling career, and has now been left feeling emotionally disconnected from sex.

<strong>Danniella Westbrook</strong>
Danniella Westbrook
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"I was sexually abused as a child. I was seven years old," she said. "It was within the workplace and continued for a lot of my life.

"At seven I was like a 14-year-old. There were certain things going on with me that shouldn't have been.

"For me I've been the keeper of people' secrets for a long time and I don't want to do that any more. I tried to talk to people about it then - I still had to go to work and do things."

She said that she had been "betrayed by lots of people", adding: "Sex doesn't mean anything to me... I feel absolutely nothing."

Danniella also opened up about her battle with her cocaine addiction, insisting that she was now a different person.

"I'm ashamed of the drugs - it's not the person I am, but it's how I fix myself and it's the quickest way to medicate myself into a death because I haven't wanted to be here," she said.

"This last year has been tough; I've tried to kill myself - but I don't feel like that today."

<strong>Danniella is returning to 'EastEnders' next week</strong>
Danniella is returning to 'EastEnders' next week
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Danniella will be seen returning to her role as EastEnders' Sam Mitchell next week, when the character returns for her mother Peggy's funeral.

However, the actress recently revealed she was disappointed with her brief return to the BBC soap, telling 'Good Morning Britain': "I was quite upset at the time because I, I think, along with the general public, expected to work alongside Barbara [Windsor] and Ross [Kemp], and we don’t actually all do anything together at any one time.

“I thought it would have been nice to have us all together doing something. I literally go in for the funeral and out. I’m literally there for four episodes in one week.”

'Danniella Westbrook: In Therapy' airs 28 June on Channel 5 at 10pm.

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