Billie Piper has opened up about being in ‘dysfunctional relationships’ in the past, as she also revealed how her approach to therapy has matured over the years.
Although the 38-year-old actress is loved up and happy with partner Johnny Lloyd, the father of her two-year-old daughter Tallulah, she admitted that she has been in some less than ideal relationships in the past.
The star – who shares sons Winston, 12, and Eugene, eight, with her ex-husband Laurence Fox – told The Guardian: ‘I know about dysfunctional relationships. I know about what it costs to be a woman.”
Bad romance: Billie Piper has opened up about being in ‘dysfunctional relationships’, as she also revealed her approach to therapy has matured over the years. Pictured in 2019
During her interview, she also revealed that she used to lie about having therapy ‘because of [her] upbringing’ but is now proud to reveal she has sought help.
She said: ‘It’s just a general sort of scoffing at the unpacking of your problems. Especially if you’ve been successful, it’s this sort of, “Why do you need therapy?” That narrative. Now I’m that really annoying person who suggests therapy to everyone.
‘I do totally get that thing of going: “Is this a problem, or am I a problem? Should I just use stoicism and swallow it down?” And sometimes that can see you through – it just doesn’t last. Because the anger comes back up. Just this inexplicable rage.’
In October, Billie recalled how she got ‘completely hammered for three years’ with ex-husband Chris Evans when she was feeling burnt out from her teen pop career.
Bliss: The 38-year-old actress is now loved up and happy with her partner Johnny Lloyd, the father of her two-year-old daughter Tallulah. Pictured together in 2019
The actress married the radio host, 54, in 2001 when she was just 18 and he was 35, with the couple separating three years later and divorcing in 2007.
Speaking on the David Tennant Does A Podcast With… podcast, Billie said she had an ‘amazing time’ with Chris and likened their relationship to being in ‘your university years’.
Recalling how she desired a more normal life after finding fame as a teen pop star, Billie said: ‘I would say I was in a dark place and just ready to have a bit of a normal life, whatever that meant for me. I was just so tired.
‘If I’m honest, I was really burnt out. I also wanted to have some freedom. I wanted to stay at home and learn how to cook properly and do what felt like healing things. Also, I went and got completely hammered for three years with Chris Evans.’
David then asked her about her marriage to Chris, with Billie describing the relationship as ‘very loving’.
Former husband: The singer-turned-actress shares sons Winston, 12, and Eugene, eight, with her ex-husband Laurence Fox. Pictured together in 2014
She said: ‘We had a really amazing time together, you know? I imagine it’s what your uni years feel like. Sort of reckless, but you’re learning a lot.
‘It was an incredible time and not to undermine our relationship because we also had a very loving relationship. It wasn’t just, oh we’re getting, going out, getting f****d. We had a very caring, loving relationship.’
Billie added that Chris also gave her valuable advice on ignoring criticism, citing his words of wisdom to her when some doubted a former pop star was the right choice to be cast in sci-fi series Doctor Who, where she worked alongside David.
She said: ‘I didn’t pay much attention to it. He taught me how to not do that. And then, with Doctor Who, I had a sniff of it, but I didn’t really know.
‘Of course, we didn’t have smartphones, so you weren’t constantly being reminded… So I just went for it. I wanted to prove myself as an actress. That was my goal. I wanted to prove it to myself, to my family and to the dream I had as a child.’
History: Billie married Chris Evans in 2001 when she was 18 and he was 35, with the couple separating three years later before divorcing in 2007. Pictured in 2001
Following her split from Chris, Billie went on to marry actor Laurence Fox who she shares sons Winston and Eugene, with the couple divorcing in 2016. Billie is also mother to daughter Tallulah with boyfriend Johnny Lloyd.
Elaborating further on the burn out she felt following her pop star days, which saw her reach the top of the charts at just 15 years old, Billie said whenever people would see a glamorous photo of her, she often felt miserable in them.
She said: ‘Every time there’d be a picture of me looking completely groomed and manicured within an inch of my life, I can tell you I was completely unhappy and starving and dark on the inside. And I haven’t brushed my hair since… I really have rejected that stuff.’
Asked by David if she was able to ‘take in’ the level of success she was experiencing at such a young age, Billie admitted she has only come to terms with it recently.
Memories: Billie said she had an ‘amazing time’ with Chris and likened their relationship to being in university. Pictured in 2001
She said: ‘I don’t think you are. I’ve been talking about this more recently and I think I’m only just coming to terms with a lot of those things that happened to me in my teen pop star years.
‘I think it’s deeply unnatural to experience such highs at that age. I think it gives you a false sense of power. I think it’s very confused and not something I’d want for my own kid.’
However, Billie added that she does not have any regrets about her days as a pop star, saying: ‘Not at all. None of it. I don’t regret that time.
‘I can’t regret that time, really. I don’t think that would be very helpful… I wish I had done some things better and I wish other people had done some things better, but I don’t sit there at night feeling really angry and regretful.’
Honest: Recalling the burn out she felt as a pop star, Billie said whenever people would see a glamorous photo of her, she often felt miserable in them. Pictured in 1999