Peter Andre says he was hospitalised with panic attacks and secretly battled anxiety for TEN years

PETER Andre has admitted he was hospitalised after suffering a mental health breakdown at the peak of his career – saying he battled crippling anxiety for TEN years.

The 45-year-old Mysterious Girl singer said: “I ended up in all sorts of hospitals, on medication and with different therapists.

Speaking on to Irish chat host Ray D’Arcy, he explained: “When you talk to people now and you talk about anxiety and you talk about breakdowns and things like that, some people look at it like a weakness.

“Some people look at it like a taboo – but the truth is, it’s so real. So many people are going through it.

“I went through it for years. It was a moment, it was in 1998. I was at the top of everything and all of a sudden it just hit me like a tonne of bricks.”

He added: “I couldn’t function. I couldn’t think straight. I was having panic attacks. I ended up in all sorts of hospitals, on medication, different therapists.

“My parents didn’t know anything, I didn’t want them to know anything because they’re worriers. I got through it. It took me 10 years.”

However, Peter added that the ordeal turned out to be “the best thing that ever happened to me”, because it gave him a sunnier outlook on life.

He explained: “I remember praying and saying, ‘Please, if I get another chance, if I can get through this period I will never take it for granted.’

“So when I did get through it and things came back and I got to do all these wonderful things, I don’t take it for granted.”

Pete also spoke out about the enduring appeal of his hit song Mysterious Girl, explaining: “I’m so lucky.

“How many people can say they’ve got a song that just won’t die? Actually, each year it grows.”