Martine McCutcheon opens up about heartbreaking battle with her health

29th Jun 17 | Entertainment News

The actress turned singer has had a tough time over the last few years.

Actress Martine McCutcheon has opened up about her battle with her health over the past few years.

The former Eastenders and Love Actually star fell into a deep depression after she was diagnosed with ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) and Lyme Disease.

The mum of one told the Star that her health was now her top priority: “When your health goes, you just lose so much which is why I put so much work into staying as well as possible.”

Martine became a household name after appearing as Tiffany in Eastenders and she also went on to launch a successful singing career but a series of illnesses, miscarriages and financial troubles took their toll on Martine.

Eventually in 2011 she was diagnosed with ME which at its worst, left her confined to a wheelchair and unable to work.

She was then also diagnosed with Lyme Disease which left her constantly tired with headaches and muscle pains.

She also says that her new found lust for life and desire to stay healthy is all down to her son Rafferty and husband Jack McManus.

“I absolutely love motherhood, it’s the best thing in the world,” she says.

The 41 year old said that the key to regaining her health was to overall her diet and return to eating fresh, healthy foods as well as getting plenty of exercise and fresh air.

Martine recently lost a stone by following the Cambridge Weight Plan and is feeling fantastic.

She said: “After years of ill health I’m finally feeling energetic and healthy and have so many projects on the go, as well as keeping up with Rafferty."

And her new album will see her revisit some of the darker times in her life.

Martine said: “I never felt I would be well enough to return to music after all my health problems. It killed me not being able to do what I loved so I just started writing music for my own happiness and wellbeing."