Coronation Street star Jamie Kenna, who played Phill Whittaker on the cobbles until earlier this year, opened up about “dark times” with his fans on social media.
Taking to his Instagram page, Jamie encouraged his followers to reach out to other people and share the love as Christmas can be a difficult time of year for those who feel isolated.
He said to the camera: “Hello you beautiful people, merry Christmas. I just wanted to jump on here actually because I was thinking on my way into work this morning about, I love Christmas, it is my favourite time of year, I’ve got two little kids and I can live vicariously through them and the whole Santa Claus thing and that, it’s brilliant.
“But also, I’ve had my dark times as well, I know how that feels and when you’re in one of those dark spots or you know people in those dark spots, Christmas can be horrible, it can really rub salt into the wound.
“You’re supposed to be feeling festive and full of love and all you want to do is hide under your duvet, so I just wanted to reach out to those of you that feel that way.”
He continued: “Don’t feel like you’re going to kill someone’s Christmas buzz by talking about it… just do it, don’t be alone. Now is the time to reach out.
“It is the hardest time of year because you feel very lonely and isolated and you’re going to be the Grinch, but you’re not.
“Christmas is all about wrapping yourselves around people you love and care for…just so be aware of that, and if you’re feeling like that way, reach out, you won’t regret it.
“I’m just sending out love to those of you that are thinking that way. Have a very merry Christmas, see you all on the other side.”
Jamie’s character Phill left the soap after marrying Fiz, only to discover that she was still in love with her ex Tyrone.
Initially deciding he wouldn’t annul the marriage and would instead do a lengthy divorce, Phill paid Fiz a visit and told her that he let her be free to reunite with Tyrone.
Fix and Tyrone are now set to marry in sweet Christmas scenes this year, but will it all go to plan?
Corrie airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV.
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