Denise Welch admits ‘panic attack’ after flood of The 1975 free ticket requests from friends and family

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Tynemouth-born star Denise Welch is mother of The 1975 frontman Matty Healy - and friends and family are seemingly trying to make the most of it.

Denise Welch took a candid moment on Loose Women today to admit to viewers that she had suffered a recent panic attack after the stress of people asking for guestlist tickets to see The 1975 on tour in the UK.

The Tynemouth-born star is of course mother to the band's frontman Matty Healy and has been inundated with requests for free tickets to see the group on their sold-out UK shows. That, combined with recent festive events and the birthday of husband Lincoln Townley, led to the North East personality having her first panic attack in years.

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Denise told the Loose Women panel: "Everybody wants to be on the guestlist and people I haven't heard from for 100 years want to bring their cousin's cousin and aunties. I have to do a Whatsapp group and say I might be able to do that, but I can't tell you where to park, what time we are going to get there and all these things.

"On top of Christmas and Lincoln's birthday and all the organisation, the night before last - I haven't had this for three years - I had a panic attack. I'm alright today, I took everything out my diary yesterday.

"I felt the old systems again, and I thought saying this to people would be so ridiculous about the guestlist, but I just felt completely overwhelmed and tired and fatigued. Every time I wake up in the morning I want to go back to bed."

Denise has been praised for being outspoken about mental health over the years, talking openly about her problems with alcohol and depression. The former Waterloo Road actress recently launched a podcast, with a brilliant Geordie title, to share more life stories with followers.

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The Loose Women panel, which also included Christine Lampard, Jane Moore and Brenda Edwards discussed The 1975 tour after Denise went viral on social media for being spotted at the Brighton set.

Denise Welch opened up about her mental health on Loose Women (Image: ITV)Denise Welch opened up about her mental health on Loose Women (Image: ITV)
Denise Welch opened up about her mental health on Loose Women (Image: ITV) | ITV

Re-telling what happened, Denise said: "It's a fantastic show. I did see them in Madison Square Garden but I've got friends whose kids are obsessed with them.

"This was the reaction that I got. They were holding up signs with Denise, I was like Eva Peron going 'Don't Cry for Me, Brighton'. Rolling Stone magazine said Denise Welch gave a 'pop-esque' reception.

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"It was lovely. If I was at an Ed Sheeran concert, they'd say there's that gobby one of Loose Women, they wouldn't pay any attention, but because I'm somehow Matty's mother it's like I've given birth to a messiah. They are a lovely bunch of fans and it's an amazing show."

The 1975 will bring the At Their Very Best tour to Newcastle later this month with a show at the Utilita Arena on Wednesday, January 25. More info can be found about that here.

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