Hollyoaks star Stephanie Davis shares emotional message about abuse and coping with PTSD

Stephanie Davis poses on the red carpet at the British Soap Awards

by Anna Matheson |
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Ahead of her appearance at this year’s British Soap Awards, Stephanie Davis posted an emotional message to fans detailing her journey back to happiness after a turbulent few years.

The star, who gave birth to son Caben, two, in January 2017, reflected on her traumatic time following her troubled relationship with ex-partner Jeremy McConnell. The star went on to say how she had got sober following the end of her relationshipwith Jeremy and had returned to Hollyoaks.

Steph, who has been dating current boyfriend Owen Warner, 19, since last year, returned to Hollyoaks as her character Sinead Shelby recently and was nominated for the best actress gong at this year’s British Soap Awards, narrowly missing out to Emmerdale’s Lucy Pargeter.


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Sharing a touching update with fans before the ceremony, Steph wrote: “So... Tomorrow night is the Soap Awards. I just wanna say a massive Thankyou to everyone who voted for me!!

"All your support has meant the word to me, seriously...all your lovely comments every day & messages & votes etc. Whatever happens is meant to be... I’m a firm believer of that.

"Everyone has worked so hard!

"For where I am in life now, I’m winning. It’s all about my beautiful baby boy & if I’ve made him proud, then that’s all that matters!

"I’ve over come so much,physical abuse broken nose broken ribs, severed tendons in my hand, bitten face bust lip, the list goes on, the worst mental abuse I wouldn’t wish on anyone, pregnant alone for 9 months, giving birth alone, lies and manipulation,

"Drinking to block the trauma and PTSD. being lonely oh so lonely & drowning, no one listening, to finally trying to end my life...TO NOW...

"I fought through, I have worked my ASS off on my self, in work, and EVERY aspect of my life! I struggled being a single mum, but I have done it, I’ve been knocked down massively but got back up & got back up & got back up again. (sic)”

The actress went on to describe that two years on, she finally feels as though she’s got her happy ending.

She added, “Caben has a happy mummy (still a tired one haha but happy) I met my best friend owen and... I finally FINALLY got My happy ending!”

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The actress went on to wish all the other nominees in this year’s awards good luck and thanked her fans for all the support.

She wrote: “Here is to the strong people out there, may you continue fighting ❤️ Thankyou all for the amount of love and care you have shown me. I can’t wait to sit back, relax and enjoy the soap awards with my love owen.

"Good luck to anyone who’s up for an award your all winners ❤️Thankyou my baby boy Caben, for keeping me fighting & going from the very beginning, you are the reason I am who I am today & everything I do I do for you ❤️I love you!

"All my love guys, Stephanie.”

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Stephanie has detailed her battle with depression in the past. In January, she revealed to the Loose Women panel that she had brought herself back from the brink of suicide – saying she “didn’t want to live” at the height of her mental health struggles.

Steph hit fame at the age of 17 for her role on Hollyoaks, but was later removed from the show after she arrived on set “unfit for work” in 2015 during her battle with alcohol.

After meeting Jeremy, 28, while on Celebrity Big Brother in 2016, the pair went on to have a highly publicised on-off relationship. The pair were embroiled in public spats and domestic violence – the latter resulting in a three-year restraining order.

Jeremy was charged with domestic violence in August 2017 and was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months and 200 hours community service.

But now, sober Steph has found love with new boyfriend Owen,whom she has described as “beautiful inside and out.”

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