The singing impressionist also addressed online criticism about having performed professionally in the past
BRITIAN’S Got Talent’s Cheryl impersonator Jess Robinson has opened up about her battle with mental health and revealed that humour and listening to Adele and Beyoncé helped her deal with depression following her divorce.
The 33-year-old Londoner split with her husband of eight years in September 2015 and has previously revealed that the depression that followed left her so unable to focus that she crashed her car into a lamppost.
Now she says feels “wonderful” Jess exclusively told The Sun Online what helped her get through her darkest days.
She said: “It was a bumpy rollercoaster and two things got me through, listening to music, like brilliant female singers such as Beyoncé and Adele, and being able to laugh at yourself and the situation.
“It’s really important to make light of the situation.”
Jess emphasised how important it is that people discuss any mental health problems so as not to make it a “taboo subject.”
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“Talking to people is one of the best things and letting people know that you’re not doing great.
“I think going to see a doctor or talking to friends – it’s so important to talk about mental health and anxiety so it’s not a taboo subject.
“It’s so common, everyone feels anxious sometimes or depressed and it’s important to say it out loud.”
Jess had the audience and judges – especially Simon Cowell, in hysterics during Saturday night’s episode with her impressions, which included an astonishingly convincing Cheryl.
However she admits that perfecting Chezza wasn’t great for help self-esteem.
In her best Cheryl voice she said: “I discovered I could do Cheryl when I had a little voiceover job – if only I looked like her and had her money!
“I really admire her, I think she’s amazing. I watched a lot interviews with her in the past and I’d just come away saying, ‘I need longer eye lashes, I’ve got to have better hair’, she’s just so gorgeous isn’t she?”
The hopeful also responded to internet criticism of the fact that she has worked professionally in the past.
“I’ve had the chance to work with some real heroes like John Culshaw and Debra Stephenson and wonderful people but it’s never been my show, and I’ve never got to showcase the impressions I wanted or been the star.
“So I’ve generally been in the background or it’s been just my voice, it’s certainly not been singing at the London Palladium in front of 2,000 people.
“There’s no other platform like BGT for the type of act that I do, and I just want to propel myself to the next level.”