Kirsty Gallacher left ‘skinny and traumatised’ by brutal marriage breakdown

Kirsty Gallacher has admitted she was left “skinny and traumatised” by the collapse of her marriage.

The telly star, 44, divorced her ruby player husband Paul Sampson, 42, in 2015 after five years of marriage.

They couple were together for 15 years before their split and Kirsty has now opened up about their divorce which left her an “anxious wreck”.

Speaking to Dancing on Ice star Graham Bell on Decathlon’s new The Power of Ten podcast, Kirsty credited personal trainer Mel Deane will pulling her through the difficult time.

She said: “To be honest, well, that’s sort of when I came to meeting Mel [Deane] and probably he saved me in many ways.

“I was a skinny, anxious wreck, traumatized because of lots of reasons around the divorce.”

Kirsty Gallacher and Paul Sampson were married between 2010 and 2015

Kirsty added the breakdown of her marriage was “much more complex than people know”.

She added: “There are things you keep private. And I think that Mel got to know me and what I’d been through and was amazing for me.”

They met in 1999 and married in Spain in 2010.

Kirsty has opened up about how the divorce impacted her life

She is mum to two kids
She is mum to two kids

However, the marriage unravelled and they divorced five years later.

Speaking after the split, Kirsty told You magazine the divorce was tough on her and her two kids.

She said: “It was trau­matic. Di­vorce is hor­ri­ble. It floored me like it floors every­one…

“I was just so anx­ious about the kids – my pain was con­nected with their pain, and I didn’t look af­ter my­self.”

Kirsty credits focusing on fitness with helping her through
Kirsty credits focusing on fitness with helping her through

While the divorce was raging, Kirsty was convicted on a drink-driving charge and later admitted she had been in a very way at the time.

She added to the magazine: “I was in a very bad place with the di­vorce and is­sues to do with the chil­dren’s sched­ule. I was ex­hausted.”

However, the tension did eventually come to an end and Sampson recently admitted the pair toasted the end of their marriage from opposite ends of a Champagne bar when they found themselves in the same venue the day their divorce was finalised.

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