Vanessa Feltz’s ex fiancé Ben Ofoedu has opened up on how his life “spiralled out of control” following their break-up.
The star has shared all about the most difficult time in a new interview amid a highly-publicised cheating scandal.
Admitting that he could “understand how people want to end it all” when everything falls apart, Ben also said that bagging a new role in a London theatre show called Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding “saved” him.
The 50 year old has taken on the role of a character called Vinnie Black in an immersive wedding-themed theatre show.
The star said that the work opportunity also helped him amid grieving the death of his brother Roy, who sadly died recently at the age of 47.
Vanessa, 61, revealed she had split from Ben back in February, as she claimed he had cheated on her by sending sexually explicit text messages to another woman.
The Phats & Small musician later confirmed it was true he’d been unfaithful, in a devastating statement on his Instagram page, and since then, he has been subject to an enormous amount of trolling on his social media.
The TV star has now said he felt like everything was “closing in on him” at times, and his mental health took a nose dive.
Opening up in an interview with MailOnline, Ben shared: “Tony And Tina’s wedding literally saved my life. Like, literally saved my life. I had two major griefs.
“I had my brother pass away and then shortly after that, my relationship with Vanessa was no more.
“That’s a 17 year relationship. And man, I was just spiralling out of control. I just felt like everything was closing in on me, my whole life and with the trolling and the backlash I received from my split with Vanessa.”
Ben went on to say that while he understood why he’d received all the vitriol after he and Vanessa called it quits, and that people were just “voicing their opinion”, he also had a new view on being at the receiving end of it.
The singer explained that it left him able to relate to those believing there was no way out of their situation, and he considered what it would be like to just “end it all”.
“I can understand that if you subscribe to it and you read all the comments and stuff like that, you really start to feel terrible as a person, even though you’re trying to forgive yourself and you can’t forgive yourself because no one’s going to forgive you and then you can’t even forgive yourself,” the star said.
Ben added that during those few months when the news was fresh, it was like a “never ending story” and he would dread what the next headline was going to be upon waking up every morning.
Thankfully, Ben plunged himself into work on Tony n’ Tiny’s Wedding, which is a brand new theatre experience based on the critically-acclaimed Broadway show.
The concept involves turning the theatre-audience into guests at an Italian American wedding, and the musician credits the show for “literally” saving “his life” as he finally had something to focus on.
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