X Factor's Reggie: 'Depression left me unable to get out of bed'

Published Tuesday, Dec 1 2015, 09:50 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Reggie 'N' Bollie's Saturday night performances on The X Factor have never failed to raise a smile, but last year, Reggie's truth was very much a different story - as he opens up about his battle with depression.

Reggie at Radio 1


He tells us, "I suffered from depression from mid to late last year. I was in a really dark place and couldn't muster any enthusiasm for anything. I just wasn't excited about life. I felt numb".

Reggie, 31, moved to the UK from Ghana, where he had a successful music career, in 2010, to be with his wife, Edith - who had moved ahead of her husband, and was by then expecting their second child.

But he says that after facing a series of 'financial struggles' and 'life hurdles', Reggie sadly fell into depression four years later, when he studying to be an accountant and worked as a sales executive.

"It wasn't the life I wanted to be living and I came up against financial struggles and felt a failure in my musical career. I felt I'd lost my dream for good".

Despite trying to build a new life for his wife and now three children - Ikhon, seven, Nolan, five, and one-year-old Dior, the upheaval had a devastating effect.

"On some days, I struggled to even get out of bed and I thank God for my wife, as she often had to drag me out of the front door just to get me outside," Reggie says.

Reggie 'N' Bollie getting the judges' feedback after they had performed 'Dynamite' on the Jukebox Night edition of 'The X Factor'. Broadcast on ITV1 HD.

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Yet, after months of therapy, Reggie is back to himself, and says he wakes up 'positive and thankful' every day.

"Of course, you don't always wake up in a good mood, but I always shake myself out of it. You get back what you put in, so I always try to be happy".

And he certainly has a lot to smile about. After being named this year's 'novelty act', Reggie and his bandmate Bollie have proved critics wrong. Not only have they avoided the dreaded sing-off each week, but have now secured a place in the semi-final.

"We're so thankful. The X Factor has completely transformed our lives, and now we're praying for a place in the final. We're planning a duet with Cheryl if we get through".

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