Former EastEnders star Danniella Westbrook has been supported by fans after opening about how she’s helping others with addiction issues on This Morning.
Danniella portrayed Sam Mitchell on EastEnders on and off from 1990 until 2016.
She was replaced by Kim Medcalf, who is currently reprising the role of the much-loved character.
Danniella, who has been open and honest about her past addiction issues, today shared how she’s ‘happier than ever’ after quitting drugs.
The former actress, who will soon turn 50, told This Morning hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary: ‘I’m happy to be alive after everything I’ve put myself through.
‘I’m waiting to be a nanny, hopefully. I’m just so happy with this chapter that I’m in. I’m just happy with who I am and I needed to learn that.’
She explained how she has a ‘fantastic therapist’ and attends free 12 Steps meetings, telling viewers: ‘You don’t need to go to rehab. All they’re going to do is detox you, you need to get to a meeting.’
Danniella explained how she supports others with addiction issues, by guiding them to their nearest meetings and sometimes getting in contact with those leading them on their behalf.
The soap star went on to give a sweet response to Alison quizzing her on her love life.
She shared: I’m in love with myself, Alison, for the first time. I am with someone but I’m just happy, happy with who I am.’
Those tuning in at home were pleased to see Danniella happy, and took to social media to react to the raw interview.
One wrote on Twitter: ‘Lovely to see you are keeping well, looking fabulous too. Thank you so much for talking about addictions, it will help those who need it ❤️xxx @westbrookdanni #ThisMorning.’
Another weighed in: ‘Least she’s happy good for her #ThisMorning.’
‘A woman who never ever gives up. I’m so pleased you’ve found your happy place again 💙 @westbrookdanni @thismorning #ThisMorning #DanniellaWestbrook,’ someone else agreed.
‘Danniella sounding the best she ever has, really pleased she genuinely has turned herself around. Best wishes to her great stuff!! #ThisMorning,’ a fan commented.
A viewer penned: ‘I don’t know who she is but Daniella seems like she’s proper turned her life around and helping others. Good on her! #ThisMorning.’
This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV.
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