Emily Atack says she’s been regularly in tears and faced ‘crushing anxiety’ since being in solo self-isolation

EMILY Atack has revealed she has broken down in tears and suffered “crushing anxiety” since being locked down in self-isolation by herself. 

The Inbetweeners star, 30, who is currently single, admitted that being alone has always been her “number one fear” but it has become a reality during lockdown. 

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Emily wrote a candid piece for Grazia, and said it has been “three weeks since I have physically touched another human being.”

She wrote: “Like so many, I have been in shock. I’ve cried for all the people who have lost their lives, I’ve clapped and banged a saucepan on my doorstep for the NHS staff who are risking it all every day. 

“I’ve woken up in the middle of the night with crushing anxiety like I’ve never experienced before. My internal monologue is already knackered.

“Being alone has always been my number one fear. And yet here I am. In the middle of a pandemic, completely isolated from everyone and everything I know and love, Instagraming myself poaching an egg.”

Emily opened up about how she is managing to pass the time, and said she has rejoined online dating apps. 

She said she also frequently FaceTimes her mum, who is also isolating alone, and “cringes” at couples doing TikTok videos. 

The I’m a Celebrity star added: “I am learning it’s OK to feel sad right now, it’s OK to admit you’re a bit alone, and it’s OK to feel s**t. Especially if you suffer with mental health issues.”

She advised people should give themselves a break and accept that Instagram is far from reality. 

Being alone has always been my number one fear. And yet here I am. In the middle of a pandemic, completely isolated from everyone and everything I know and love, Instagraming myself poaching an egg.

Emily told people who are isolating alone like she is to “be kind to themselves”, and to try new things such as yoga apps, volunteering, reading, having a gin (“not too early and not too large) and to watch Titanic “for the 107,000th time”. 

She did joke that she draws the line at jumping on the banana bread bandwagon and said it can “f*** off”. 

This follows Emily admitting she would give anything to have a “row with a husband” in lockdown, due to feeling lonely.

Emily told Emma Barnett on BBC Radio 5 Live that she feels lonely and that the current situation with the coronavirus outbreak is “bleak and miserable and awful”.

The actress said: “I think at times like this you’ve got to appreciate everything you have, but you know, I’d give anything to have a row with a husband right now.”

Emily added that she finds it depressing seeing all the social media videos of families passing the time in isolation by having fun together. 

In September, we reported how Emily split from film producer Rob Jowers after a recent holiday with her family appeared to convince them they wanted different things.

A telly source said: “Emily and Rob were enjoying a honeymoon phase in their relationship with lots of fancy dates and extravagant weekends abroad.

“But when the dust settled they realised it just wasn’t right. The split was mutual and they are both really sad about it and remain friends.

“Emily’s enjoying one of the busiest times in her career so wants to give all she can to the exciting work opportunities coming her way.

“She’s throwing herself into upcoming projects and remains positive.” 


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Emily met Rob at Jack Whitehall’s Brit Awards after-party in February.

Earlier last year she said: “He’s very kind and he wants nothing but the best for me.

“We’re a partnership, we lift each other up. And he’s hot.”

Emily has previously been linked to Harry Styles, Seann Walsh and Dancing On Ice’s Fred Palascak.

We shared how Emily Atack admits fears she’ll be 48 stone after taking up cooking in coronavirus isolation.

And Emily says she will be proud to show grandkids her sexy lads mag pictures.

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