Denise Welch cries as she reveals depression battle

She's the proud mother of two sons - Louis and Matt Healy - who she shares with her ex-husband and now close friend Tim Healy.

But Denise Welch has revealed that soon after she gave birth to her first son Matt 28 years ago, she found herself plunged into a deep, dark depression that left her struggling to love the newborn she'd so look forward to welcoming.

Speaking in a recent interview at BUILD LDN, the 59-year-old actress broke down in tears as she said: 'When Matthew was born I had an immediate rush of love like you expect to have for your child.

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Speaking out: Denise Welch has opened up about her crippling battle with postnatal depression during an interview with BUILD LDN

Speaking out: Denise Welch has opened up about her crippling battle with postnatal depression during an interview with BUILD LDN

'And when the depression set in I lost the ability to love him because it robs you of every emotion... I didn't have any feeling for anything.'

Denise, who made the appearance to promote her new short film Black Eyed Susan, revealed that Matt, a member of successful rock band The 1975, channelled the pain of his mother's experience into the song She Lays Down.

Speaking to Kate Thornton, the former Coronation Street star explained that the lyrics were inspired by her regular routine of lying down beside her first offspring as she prayed [something to help me regain the love of my child].'

Struggle: The actress broke down in tears as she admitted that she struggled to love her son Matt Healy soon after he was born 28 years ago

Struggle: The actress broke down in tears as she admitted that she struggled to love her son Matt Healy soon after he was born 28 years ago

Emotional: The former Coronation Street star admitted that she was felt without any feelings

Emotional: The former Coronation Street star admitted that she was felt without any feelings

Her emotional interview comes three months after Happiful magazine published a feature on her, where she admitted she now feels 'a million times better' after giving up booze and drugs.  

Explaining the lowest points of her depression, which eventually developed into the rarer postpartum psychosis, the actress admitted the condition 'robbed [her] of the ability to love', and hindered her feeling affection towards her son.

She described her worst moments: 'I feel nothing. Depression depresses every single thing in you, so you lose the ability to have

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