Fearne Cotton has opened up on her struggling with depression, admitting she ‘hit a very dark patch’ a few years ago. Fearne, who is now married to Ronnie Wood’s son Jesse, had previously spoken of her heartache after splitting with former fiancé skateboarder Jesse Jenkins in 2011.

Fearne Cotton

In a blog penned for Glamour magazine Fearne said: “A few years ago I hit a very dark patch and lost sight of it ever passing. I was drowning in it all rather than reassuring myself that those feelings would soon pass.”

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“Rather than avoiding sorrow and darkness you have to embrace them, learn from them, grow from them. Long-term happiness is about being able to ride out the bad with the good. Rather than worrying about when that good time will pass, just bask in the joy of it.”

Fearne described how, during the first dance with Jessie on their wedding day, she had never felt so ‘in the moment’. “I was unaware of anyone watching, unaware of time passing, I was simply lapping up every delicious second of this magical moment,” Fearne wrote.

“This memory still has a dream-like quality about it. I need to learn to embrace joy more often, and not just for the big moments but for life's simple pleasures too.” Fearne and Jesse married in 2014 and have two children together, three-year-old son Rex and six-month-old daughter Honey Krissy.

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“Happiness to me is knowing it'll all be OK in those dark times, but also embracing the gorgeous moments too,” Fearne concluded. “At the end of the day that's life, so let's accept it all with open arms.”