Seann Walsh reveals his life ‘changed forever’ after Katya Jones kiss scandal

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After he was involved in a kissing scandal with Strictly Come Dancing partner Katya Jones back in 2018, Seann Walsh has admitted his life "changed forever" in the aftermath.

The comedian has explained that his mental health was affected by the incident and he is still on anti-depressants after it took a toll on his life.

Speaking on the Take Flight podcast, the 35 year old said he had to "lie down in the street" recently after suffering from a panic attack.

Recalling the kiss that changed his life, Seann expressed: "From that point on my life changed for ever.


"The panic attacks came back – big, big panic attacks and I ended up having what I later found out were Vertigo Seizures.

"I had one the other day, I just lied down – I had to lie down in the street, it's quite humiliating. It's London so nobody gives a s***.

"I have to relive what happened. Still, I can be OK then suddenly the memories of it all come back," the actor divulged.

"It defeats me and beats me until the plates start spinning and I lose balance and fall and start screaming, so I still get them.

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"They're less frequent, I'd never had them before. I'm on anti-anxiety, anti-depression, it's called Sertraline. For me exercise is what helps me."

Seann went on to say that prior to the kiss he had plenty of professional dreams and aspirations, but then he felt like he was "living without hope".

He continued: "I was a very dream-like young man, I would dream of doing the Apollo, my sitcom, I was always living in this fantasy land.

"Then it was suddenly the first time I was living without hope.

"A kiss and a statement destroyed my dreams and who I was. What I could have been, what my life could have been, what I could have made myself was gone."

Images and a video of Seann and Katya, 32, were released in October 2018, which showed the pair kissing at a pub in Central London.

At the time, the smooch came as a huge shock to everyone, especially as Katya was married to fellow professional Neil Jones, while Seann was in a relationship with then-girlfriend Rebecca Humphries.

Katya was initially supported by Neil over her "drunken mistake" but the marriage did not last as they went on to split in August 2019.

If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.

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