Dancing On Ice star Libby Clegg’s heartbreaking mental health admission

Dancing On Ice star Libby Clegg is already a champion on the track and now she's hoping to become one on ice.

The Paralympian has won a raft of medals, including silver at London 2012 and gold in Rio 2016.

Libby, who welcomed her baby son, Edward, last year with partner and fellow Paralympian Dan Powell last year, has been awarded an MBE for her incredible sporting achievements.

She has now made it through to the final of Dancing On Ice after surviving last week's skate off against Ben Hanlin.

With the judges split over who to send packing, it was up to head judge Christopher Dean to cast the deciding vote.

Chris sided with with fellow judges Jayne Torvill and Ashley Banjo in choosing to save Libby – with only John Barrowman opting to choose Ben.

Libby has made history as the first ever blind contestant on Dancing On Ice.

She has Stargardt's Macular Dystrophy disease, which she was diagnosed with when she was nine.

Libby has previously described it as "like looking at a pixelated computer screen or a scrunched-up firework".

She is registered blind and only has limited vision in her left eye.

Heartbreakingly, her condition is deteriorating and there is no treatment for Stargardt's Macular Dystrophy, which means she could one day lose what's left of her vision.

Libby said: "I’m at the age where my sight should be stabilising but it’s still deteriorating.

"Things will never go black, but I don’t know yet exactly what I will be able to see."

But Libby has been determined her condition wouldn't hold her back while she was competing on the hit ITV show.

She even claimed it helped, adding: "I can’t see so don’t feel dizzy or nauseous when I do spins.

“Although I can’t watch my partner demonstrate moves on the ice, I have great hearing so listen to his skates and try to mimic the clicks, scrapes and foot placements I hear.

“I count the number of strides it takes to reach the barrier of the rink so I don’t just fly into it. And, touch wood, I’ve not had any injuries. I don’t suffer things other people do.”

Despite her incredible bravery, Libby tearfully admitted on last week's show that she had struggled with mental health issues in the past.

Her problems started after her glorious win in Rio four years ago as she suddenly felt she was "left without a purpose".

Libby explained: "Everybody else was like 'you should be happy, you've achieved everything you wanted to achieve'.

"The feeling of happiness only lasted for three weeks. I just felt empty and numb, I didn't have a purpose.

"I then felt guilty that I felt that way. I've faced different challenges and barriers in my life and I never thought I'd have mental health issues. It just goes to show it can happy to anybody."

It was the birth of her son, Edward, in March 2019 that Libby credits with helping her over come her issues as she said it "put a whole new persepective to my life".

  • Dancing On Ice is on ITV at 6pm tonight.

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