Frankie Bridge praises husband Wayne for his support during her depression ...

Frankie Bridge has praised her husband Wayne for his support during her battle with depression and said communication has strengthened her marriage.

The former Saturdays star, 31, told the Made By Mammas podcast that her husband had been amazing when she suffered a mental breakdown in the first year of their relationship, with the star forced to take a hiatus from the band and hospitalised.

The star has previously revealed that she had been suffering from depression since the age of 15.   

Soulmates: Frankie Bridge has praised her husband Wayne for his support during her battle with depression and said communication has strengthened her marriage

Soulmates: Frankie Bridge has praised her husband Wayne for his support during her battle with depression and said communication has strengthened her marriage

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She said of her husband, 40: 'We've been together ten years and I would say we've only really got better at communicating in the last couple of years.

'I had my breakdown right early on, it was in our first year of our relationship together and he was amazing.

'He could've run for the hills, but he didn't. He stuck around and he tried to learn as much as he could through my therapists and doctors at the time. It was a real stress for him.

'I carried on with work, and life just moved on and we never really discussed it, as such.  

'Not that it was like a 'hush-hush subject', but I guess we just moved on from it all.

Her rock: Frankie is pictured with Wayne in January 2012 - four months after she entered a psychiatric hospital after a breakdown

Her rock: Frankie is pictured with Wayne in January 2012 - four months after she entered a psychiatric hospital after a breakdown

Frankie said it was only over the past few years that she 'understood herself more', saying: 'I know what I need from someone now in that situation and I know how to ask for it.' 

She said: 'Nine times out of ten, no one can fix what I'm anxious about or what I'm depressed about.  

'So I'm not looking for answers from him. I want him to either listen or give me a hug, or to go and take the kids and sort them out so that I don't have to. 

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'And now all I have to do is cry and know I just need to cry and get it out.

'Or I just say, "Look I'm feeling really rubbish today" and he just kind of does it.'

'He's had to learn not to take it personally.  

'It's not him that's making me unhappy, it's not our relationship that's making me unhappy, it's just my depression. And I feel for him because that must be really hard.

'I know when he's having a bit of a rubbish day you can't help but take it personally.'       

Frankie also revealed her battle with an eating disorder at the height of her fame with The Saturdays.

The singer told the podcast that watching what she ate while in the band was a form of control, and that a fear of gaining weight, as she had done while expecting her sons, made her question whether or not to have a third child.

Frankie, who was in the band from 2007-2014 said: 'I had an eating disorder 100% - I was controlling what I was eating. I didn't eat very much. I always ran on empty.

Brave: Frankie Bridge has discussed her battle with an eating disorder at the height of her fame with The Saturdays (pictured 2011)

Brave: Frankie Bridge has discussed her battle with an eating disorder at the height of her fame with The Saturdays (pictured 2011)

Hard: The All Fired Up hitmaker also discussed the impact on her self-esteem when she gained four stone while pregnant with son Parker in 2013, whose father is the star's husband Wayne Bridge (pictured at seven months pregnant in 2013)

Hard: The All Fired Up hitmaker also discussed the impact on her self-esteem when she gained four stone while pregnant with son Parker in 2013, whose father is the star's husband Wayne Bridge (pictured at seven months pregnant in 2013)

Adding that she had 'no appetite' and 'ran on adrenaline' she said: 'I knew my role in the band was more about image – who I was dating – what I was wearing more than my vocals. I took that on and took that and ran with it.' 

The All Fired Up hitmaker also discussed the impact on her self-esteem when she gained four stone while pregnant with son Parker in 2013, whose father is the star's husband Wayne Bridge.

She said: 'I was on a combination of two anti-depressants. One of which I had got put on when I lost a lot of weight and went into hospital.

'It turned out that this particular medication really holds onto water. So when I

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