I’m a psychotherapist – it could take Love Island’s Jacques a long time to recover, says Gladiators’ Diane Youdale


As a former Saturday Night TV superstar and now a trained psychotherapist, Gladiators star Diane Youdale knows better than anyone the heavy burden that can come with stardom.

The 52-year-old mental health professional has clients who have struggled with life after being thrust into the limelight and almost done a master’s degree in genuine effort – the idea of ​​having a proven talent to support stardom.


Diane Youdale trained as a psychotherapist after rising to prominence on Gladiators
Diane said it could take a long time for Jacques O'Neill to recover from his Love Island breakdown


Diane said it could take a long time for Jacques O’Neill to recover from his Love Island breakdown1 credit

Over the past two decades, reality TV has done away with the need for real skill to find fame; nowadays, a larger-than-life or relatable personality will suffice.

Fortunately, the latest reality TV star to make headlines, Love Island’s Jacques O’Neill, has a promising career in professional rugby league to fall back on after his three weeks in the villa ended on an ominous note last week.

The 23-year-old had been branded a villain after he cheated on partner Paige Thorne with Casa Amor’s daughter Cheyanne Kerr and was accused of gaslighting and aggressive behavior.

But within days, viewers were full of sympathy for him as he struggled to cope with his emotions culminating in a tearful exit from the villa of his own volition.

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Diane, who was better known as Jet in the 90s, thinks it could take a long time for him to fully recover from the experience, although there may also be benefits for him in the process. road.

She tells us exclusively, “What he will have now, in post-production, for him, he will have the support he needs, thankfully. How he personally chooses to handle…and if he chooses to read all comments will be up to him.

“I learned early on when I was famous 30 years ago, we didn’t have social media, thank God, but even then I didn’t read my press. Unless you really wanted to, don’t Don’t do it. It’s hard. It’s a discipline, some people are like ‘what do they say about me?’

“If you compartmentalize and get on with your life even better, but a good therapist could help him with that, but it may take a long time for him to get over it, but he could get a lot of positive things out of it.

“I’m sad to hear it because there will be more and more Jacques there in the next few years because the reality is not going anywhere, it’s too fascinating. It’s a goldfish bowl , is not it.”

Over the years, Diane has changed her mind about reality television and insists that those who succeed in coming out on the small screen have a certain courage and bravery.

“Nobody can stand in front of a camera and act for three or four weeks of their life,” she says. “I say that loosely because it’s part of reality and part of acting.

“Some of them are really good at it, and some of them just aren’t cut out for it, and they won’t know until they’ve been filmed and they’ve withdrawn and will return home to their normal lives.

“I know a few reality TV stars and they say they would have preferred to bring something to the camera that I call a genuine effort. I tell them the very essence of you, the courage you showed to go through in front of the camera, part acting, part being real, is incredibly brave and a unique skill in itself. I help them reframe. It’s a home, it’s for some people and it’s not for others.

“I’m sad to hear it because there will be more and more Jacques there in the next few years.

Diane Youdale

Diane has worked in partnership with the British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy to launch the new Therapy talks initiative which aims to educate people on the effectiveness of counselling.

As the country grapples with a mental health crisis that has seen nearly 70% of the population experience a problem in the past five years, Diane believes the impact of therapy can be life changing.

She says: “We don’t have to be in crisis to reach out. Just talk to someone who is completely confident and away from our family and friends because that’s not the place to start unpacking things that can be heavy and weigh on us at that point because you get too much projection, too much interference, which just makes the problem worse in the first place.

“Sometimes people can, in one sitting, open up so much that it actually triggers a natural healing process for them. You just don’t know until you get there.

“There’s no commitment. No therapist is going to force anything on you because it goes both ways. It has to be a comfortable space for someone to feel like they can be who they are. he is at that moment with what is happening for him without anything otherwise, they need this neutrality, and there is something for everyone.”

She adds, “Popular culture can give people the wrong impression about therapy and what you might expect from a therapy session, but therapy talks help paint a clearer picture of what exactly therapy is. therapy and how great it can be for us. My time as a Gladiator sparked my intrigue to become a therapist, so I’m thrilled to lend my name to a campaign that aims to raise awareness about such an important topic.”

If you want to talk to a therapist, you can find thousands of registered mental health professionals on the BACP Directory which lets you search by your issue, location, and whether a therapist is working in person or online.

To see the film and find out more, go towww.bacp.co.uk/therapytalks

Diane was Jet on Gladiators in the 90s


Diane was Jet on Gladiators in the 90s1 credit

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