The singer shot to fame in 2001 when she won a spot in the group on reality show Popstars, alongside fellow hopefuls Kym Marsh, Myleene Klass, Danny Foster and Noel Sullivan.
But things rapidly turned sour and the group fell apart in 2002, and Shaw has now revealed that what she suffered then was like post-traumatic stress disorder.
She told The Sun that the singers were “guinea pigs” as reality shows were new back then and there was nobody to consider the psychological impact of becoming stars overnight.
Shaw said she struggled to cope with the trauma and by the time the group split up she didn’t realise she was suffering from mental health issues.
“Life as I knew it disappeared overnight and I had no support system in place,” she said. “I would actually compare what happened to PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) as the shock was so massive.”
Things worsened early in 2005 when Shaw became a single mum to son Corey following her split from Darren Day.
Shaw said she was “totally overwhelmed”, adding and that she needed to get away from the mental chatter in her head.
“I thought, ‘I’ll just have a glass of wine. Or I’ll sleep. Or I’ll just have a sleeping tablet’,” she explained.
Shaw said she really started to address things 18 months ago and gave up drinking in January 2020, as well as discovering running.
She also found love again with fiancé Sam Greenfield, and the couple have a son named Rafferty.
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