Dancing On Ice's Libby Clegg breaks down as she discusses mental heath battle ...

'I felt empty and numb': Dancing On Ice's Libby Clegg breaks down as she discusses her mental heath battle after the Rio Paralympics... before beating Ben Hamlin in the tense skate-off

By Niomi Harris For Mailonline

Published: 21:15 GMT, 1 March 2020 | Updated: 21:15 GMT, 1 March 2020

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Dancing On Ice star Libby Clegg broke down in tears during Sunday's show as she recalled her mental health battle in the wake of the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

Scottish Paralympic sprinter, 29, became distressed in her VT as she discussed feeling 'empty and numb' in the aftermath of the games, in which she bagged two gold medals in the T11 100m and T11 200m.

Libby's emotional display came ahead of her tense skate-off with Ben Hamlin, in which she survived and the magician was sent home. 

Emotional: Dancing On Ice star Libby Clegg broke down in tears during Sunday's show as she recalled her mental health battle in the wake of the 2016 Rio Paralympics

Emotional: Dancing On Ice star Libby Clegg broke down in tears during Sunday's show as she recalled her mental health battle in the wake of the 2016 Rio Paralympics

Libby suffers with Stargardt’s Macular Dystrophy disease, which is a deteriorating eye condition that's left her with only slight peripheral vision in her left eye.

Ahead of her second skate on the ITV show alongside her professional skating partner Mark Hanretty, the athlete appeared in the clip as she told of her struggle to cope after the games, describing how she was left 'without a purpose anymore.'

She continued: 'Everybody else was like "you should be happy, you've achieved everything you wanted to achieve"

Survivor: Libby's emotional display came ahead of her tense skate-off with Ben Hamlin, in which she survived and the magician was sent home

Survivor: Libby's emotional display came ahead of her tense skate-off with Ben Hamlin, in which she survived and the magician was sent home

'The feeling of happiness only lasted for three weeks. I just felt empty and numb, I didn't have a purpose.' 

After she fought through the tears, she added: 'I then felt guilty that I felt that way. I've faced different challenges and barriers in my life and I never thought I'd have mental health issues. It just goes to show it

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