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27th May 2022

Bridgerton’s Ruby Barker hospitalised amid “mental health struggle”

Katy Brennan

“I was carrying the weight of the world on my back.”

Bridgerton star Ruby Barker has revealed she’s been hospitalised amid an ongoing mental health struggle.

The actress, who plays Marina Thompson in the hit period drama, admitted she’s been “unwell for a really long time”.

In a video shared to Instagram, she explained her situation to fans.

“I’m in the hospital at the minute, I’m gonna get discharged soon and hopefully get to continue with my life and I’m gonna take a little bit of a break from myself,” she said.

“And I want to encourage others, if you are struggling, please do yourself a favor. Take a break, stop being so hard on yourself.

“And people used to always tell me not to be so hard on myself, and I never really, really knew what that meant.”

Ruby said she knew she needed to get help when she found herself “rage-filled, frustrated, and angry”.

“I was carrying the weight of the world on my back. And now, I’m at a point where I have a diagnosis, and I will talk to you about that at another time.

“I am relinquishing myself and forgiving myself and drawing a line in the sand. I can’t carry on the way that I’ve been carrying on. I need to change. So, that’s what I’m trying to do.”

She thanked all of her fans and friends, as well as Bridgerton creator Shonda Rhimes, for their continued support, before looking to the future of her career.

“I cannot wait to fulfill all of my engagements and to have a good career and a good life. Because I do not want my diagnosis to be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

“I want to survive and I will survive, and I’m going to. And so are you. That’s the beauty of it, so are you. If you’re with me, you’re in good hands. Thank you.”