I admire Katie for admitting the pressure had got to her

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CHERYL GIBBS: I’m scared at how a feeling of fear is now part of life

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There aren’t many superstars who are happy to hold their hands up and admit defeat.

So it was refreshing to read this week that singing sensation Katie Melua has spoken for the first time publicly about her breakdown.

The songstress, who shot to fame in 2003 when her debut single Closest Thing To Crazy went to No 1, admits she couldn’t cope with the workloads and demands placed upon her as she shot to fame.

I think it’s refreshing that, in this day and age where celebrity appearance and persona are everything, Katie was comfortable enough in her own skin to admit she couldn’t handle the pressure any more.

I’m glad to hear she’s now back to the Katie we love – belting out cracking tunes.

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