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Linda Robson revealed this week that she has split from husband Mark Bedford after 33 years of marriage.
The 65-year-old Loose Women panellist confirmed the news after months of rumoured marital woes, telling Woman magazine: 'He's a really good dad and we had some good years, but enough is enough.
'I've got my family and my kids around me. And I'm going on a cruise with Lesley Joseph in November. I'm keeping busy. I feel fine. I'm just going away on trips all the time.
'I'm not interested [in dating] honestly. I can't be a***d with all that.'
The split is the latest in a slew of personal woes to have plagued Linda in recent years, with the mother-of-three speaking candidly about her struggles on her ITV show.
Inside Linda Robson's many heartbreaks: How the Loose Women star, 65, has coped with OCD, alcoholism and infidelity in her life over the years
End of an era: Linda Robson revealed this week that she has split from husband Mark Bedford after 33 years of marriage (pictured together in November 2022)
Reflecting on the experience during a Loose Women episode, Linda explained: ‘I went through a really tough time, I was depressed and I turned to alcohol and had cleaning OCD.
‘I used to always have a glass of wine or spritzers in the evening, come 10 o'clock at night, but never in the daytime. And then I got put on medication that sent me a bit mad.
'I got put on a certain drug which was supposed to help the depression but it didn't it just heightened it, so I had to go into three different establishments and it was the worst time in my life, I completely ruined my family’s lives’.
Recalling one specific low point, Linda referenced a trip she was on with fellow Loose Women pals - in which she had to return home early from.
She explained: ‘We were in Ibiza and I broke down in front of all the girls, Stacey had to take me home and she took me into The Priory.’
‘I had really bad depression and was self-harming, I was cleaning everywhere I went and washing my sheets every night when I got home’.
She took a year off from Loose Women, making her grand return to the show in January 2020.
Linda told her co-stars: 'I was having a meltdown. I came off the wine, and I used to take a tablet to help me sleep every night. When I came off the wine, I upped the tablet, and then I got concerned about taking the tablet.
'So I went to see somebody about it and they gave me a tablet - I won't mention the name but I had a really bad reaction to it, a proper meltdown. I got really bad anxiety, really bad depression, and my OCD kicked into overdrive.'
The heartbreaking dependency and outcome left her family seeking desperate measures when they sought to 'find her someone to go'.
Comforted: Back in 2018, Linda became dependent on alcohol, she had three stints in rehab and took a year off Loose Women, making her emotional return in January 2020 (pictured with Stacey Solomon and Nadia Sawalha)
She went on: 'Family found me somewhere to go, to help me, I went in this place for six weeks, went into it on so many tablets and left with even more, it was my doctor who said you've had the worse reaction to this medication I have ever seen...
On her terrifying 'comedown', she said: 'Even that you have to come down slowly, took me a long time to get back to feeling normal.'
When asked if police were called to intervene in the midst of her problems, Linda went on: 'Yeah they were called, because I was drinking...
'They were locking me in because I couldn't get out, I was shouting get me out, so police were called as they thought I was kidnapped... That was my family trying to keep me safe'.
Aside from her substance woes, Linda revealed she was taking 'four baths' each day as she suffered with her obsessive-compulsive disorder. She added: 'At one point, I was having four baths a day, I was washing my bedding every day...
'People joke when they hear someone saying about OCD they think it'd a bit of a joke or whatever, but it's not actually a joke, it took over my life. I couldn't clean everything enough.'
Commenting on her recovery, Linda noted there wasn't a quick fix but she felt like she was