CBB's Ricky Norwood struggled with his mental health after axe from EastEnders

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    Ricky Norwood has revealed that he suffered from depression after being caught in a sex scandal that saw him fired from EastEnders. 

    The 29-year-old actor, who played Arthur ‘Fatboy’ Chubb in the BBC series, made the revelation during Thursday night’s episode of Celebrity Big Brother as he spoke candidly about his struggles with fellow housemate Renee Graziano.  

    Revealing that he didn’t know at the time he was suffering from depression, he confessed that his anxiety was so high that he didn’t want to leave the house.  

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    Confession: Ricky Norwood has revealed that he suffered from depression after being caught in a sex scandal that saw him fired from EastEnders

    ‘I went into deep depression,’ he explained. ‘I didn’t know it was depression. I didn’t want to leave my house, I had all the blinds drawn.’ 

    Discussing his two-month suspension, he reasoned: ‘I held my hands up. At the end of the day – was it me? Yes!

    ‘I’m an East London boy, when you’re wrong, you say you’re wrong.’

    Revealing all: The 29-year-old actor, who played Arthur 'Fatboy' Chubb in the BBC series, made the revelation during Thursday night's episode of Celebrity Big Brother

    Revealing all: The 29-year-old actor, who played Arthur ‘Fatboy’ Chubb in the BBC series, made the revelation during Thursday night’s episode of Celebrity Big Brother

    He added that despite leaving the soap after the scandal, he was pleased with the work he had achieved and what could come in the future. 

    ‘When it came to the end of the contract, it was end of the contract,’ he reasoned. ‘Normally I’d get a renewal… 

    ‘I was happy. I was only supposed to be there for three months, I was there just under six years.’

    Brave: Ricky spoke candidly about his struggles with fellow housemate Renee Graziano, revealing that he didn't know at the time he was suffering from depression

    Brave: Ricky spoke candidly about his struggles with fellow housemate Renee Graziano, revealing that he didn’t know at the time he was suffering from depression

    Ready to work: He added that despite leaving the soap after the scandal, he was pleased with the work he had achieved and what could come in the future

    Ready to work: He added that despite leaving the soap after the scandal, he was pleased with the work he had achieved and what could come in the future

    Ricky was suspended from EastEnders in 2014 after a video was leaked of the star smoking marijuana and performing a sex act on Skype. 

    BBC bosses decided to suspend Ricky from filming for two months when the incriminating pictures of him first came to light, while the London-born actor apologised for his actions.

    Ricky had starred in online spin-off show E20 before finding fame on the long-running soap. 

    Moving on: Ricky was suspended from EastEnders in 2014 after a video was leaked of the star smoking marijuana and performing a sex act on Skype

    Moving on: Ricky was suspended from EastEnders in 2014 after a video was leaked of the star smoking marijuana and performing a sex act on Skype

    Elsewhere on the programme, Ricky comforted Stephen Bear who was upset after being confronted by his ex-girlfriend Lillie Lexie Gregg. 

    Explaining that he knew exactly how his housemate was feeling, the actor explained: ‘That was serious, and I saw your heart sink and your stomach fall to your a**e, I know that feeling.’

    He added: ‘Whether I agree with you or not that was some serious s**t.’

    There for him: Elsewhere on the programme, Ricky comforted Stephen Bear who was upset after being confronted by his ex-girlfriend Lillie Lexie Gregg

    There for him: Elsewhere on the programme, Ricky comforted Stephen Bear who was upset after being confronted by his ex-girlfriend Lillie Lexie Gregg

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