Great British Baking Show's Candice Brown Shared Her Mental Health Struggles

When it comes to baking, Candice Brown has proven she has what it takes to succeed. On "The Great British Bake Off," she impressed both fans and judges alike, effortlessly dazzling everyone with her outstanding baking skills. Brown was a participant in the show's seventh season, which aired in 2016, and didn't leave any stone unturned to come up with elaborate baked treats like sponge cakes. 

However, life hasn't been easy for the star since then. As per Hello! Magazine, Brown has had a particularly difficult time during the pandemic. The Green Man, the pub she owns with her brother Ben, was sadly closed for a bit last year. Plus, she also endured a difficult breakup with her ex-husband, Liam Macauley. In interviews, the baker and cookbook author has chosen to be transparent about the struggles she's gone through since 2020 in a bid to give her fans a real glimpse into just how difficult her journey has been.

She went through turbulent times

As reported by The Sun, Candice Brown was unsure about her next steps when she went through her breakup last year. She said, "I had a very difficult year last year — the hardest of my life." While her mental health definitely suffered in 2020, Brown revealed that she's always struggled with issues such as attention deficit disorder (ADHD), which meant that focusing on tasks was incredibly tough for her.

Candice Brown found herself confronting her demons during the lockdown and simply didn't know how to cope. She was also quite lonely as she tried to figure out solutions. Thankfully, as per Hello! Magazine, Brown is in a much better place now. She's particularly grateful for the support she's received from others. "It has been really hard but one of the things that has shined through is the kindness in people," she said. Brown admitted that 2020 was really taxing for many people and it's something that will be tough to forget.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, please contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741, call the National Alliance on Mental Illness helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264), or visit the National Institute of Mental Health website.