Always smiling, always making us laugh: as one half of Britain’s favourite and most successful TV duo, Ant McPartlin surely is a man who has it all?
Worth an estimated 60 million pounds, the cheeky chappie wins award after award, year in, year out, for his fail-safe comic timing.
And yet here he is again, in the news for all the wrong reasons, again…
Today is International Day of Happiness and I would like to remind everyone that no matter how wonderful someone’s life looks from the outside – no one, no one, knows the struggles they are facing inside their own minds and behind their own walls.
Mental health and problems with addiction, know nothing of wealth or standing, they don’t care about power or celebrity, they attack anyone they can and take their grim hold, squeezing hard until every last drop of them is gone.
One thing we can all do to help is to be kind, always.
To be aware of the signs.
To offer help whenever possible.
To not judge until we know more – and even then, don’t.
It’s easy to scoff and condem when someone who appears to have a charmed life messes up. The internet is awash with comments, calling him ‘ungrateful’, ‘stupid’ and ‘ruined’.
It can be very hard to look at someone with so much in their favour and understand how they battle so hard with their demons. But you don’t have to understand, you just have to be aware…
A smile can hide an awful lot.
Ladies, please pass it on….