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Coronation Street’s Melanie Hill says she has deleted ‘toxic’ Facebook

Her character is currently involved in a dramatic storyline after she trolled Steve McDonald online and accused him of stealing from his late son Oliver’s charity fund.

Yet there’s no drama in store for Melanie Hill’s own social media accounts as the star revealed that she has deleted ‘toxic’ Facebook.

The Coronation Street star, 59, who has played Cathy Matthews since 2015, admitted that she found the platform ‘uncomfortable’ and it ‘got on her nerves’.

‘Toxic’: Melanie Hill revealed that she has deleted ‘toxic’ Facebook as she found the platform ‘uncomfortable’ and it ‘got on her nerves’ (pictured in 2019)

Melanie also revealed that she suffers with insomnia and it would cause her to wake up in the middle of the night to check Facebook on her phone.

The actress, who still has Instagram and Twitter, admitted social media is ‘toxic’ and she tries to limit her usage.

Melanie added that she initially felt ‘terrified’ she would be missing out on everything but now it feels as though a ‘weight off’ her shoulders.  

Talking to the Mirror, Melanie said: ‘Facebook wasn’t making me happy, so I got rid of it six months ago. I’m a terrible insomniac and I’d wake in the middle of the night and pick up the phone.’ 

Role: The Coronation Street star who has played Cathy Matthews since 2015, is currently involved in a dramatic storyline after she trolled Steve McDonald online and accused him of stealing from his late son Oliver's charity fund (pictured in soap still)

Role: The Coronation Street star who has played Cathy Matthews since 2015, is currently involved in a dramatic storyline after she trolled Steve McDonald online and accused him of stealing from his late son Oliver’s charity fund (pictured in soap still) 

She added: ‘For two weeks afterwards I felt terrified I was going to miss out on everything. But then I felt like a weight off my shoulders. I’m glad I did it.’

Melanie’s character is currently embroiled in a dramatic storyline after she accused heartbroken Steve McDonald online of stealing from his late son’s charity fund.

In November, Steve and Leanne Battersby’s son Oliver tragically passed away in heart-wrenching scenes. 

After weeks of fighting to keep her son alive in hospital as he battled rare mitochondrial disease, Leanne finally let her son die peacefully.

Decision: Melanie also revealed that she suffers with insomnia and it would cause her to wake up in the middle of the night to check Facebook on her phone (pictured in 2018)

Decision: Melanie also revealed that she suffers with insomnia and it would cause her to wake up in the middle of the night to check Facebook on her phone (pictured in 2018) 

Talking about joining the hit ITV soap in 2015, Melanie admitted that she still gets a ‘massive high’ and her heart ‘comes out of her chest’ when she walks onto set.

The actress has had an impressive career, appearing on the likes of sitcom Bread and Playing The Field.  

Melanie also admitted that she has become ‘terrified of everything’ as she has got older in life.

The actress, who is set to turn 60 next year, said: ‘I’m terrified of everything and I hate it. I do meditation and I walk; I’m continually trying to calm myself down. I don’t know what it is. It’s only happened as I’ve got older.’

Important: The actress, who still has Instagram and Twitter, admitted social media is 'toxic' and she tries to limit her usage unlike her character Cathy (pictured)

Important: The actress, who still has Instagram and Twitter, admitted social media is ‘toxic’ and she tries to limit her usage unlike her character Cathy (pictured) 

Heartbreaking: In November, Steve and Leanne Battersby's son Oliver tragically passed away in heart-wrenching scenes after battling rare mitochondrial disease

Heartbreaking: In November, Steve and Leanne Battersby’s son Oliver tragically passed away in heart-wrenching scenes after battling rare mitochondrial disease

Melanie added that it was a reason for her moving out of London as she feels it is a ‘young person’s city’ and it had become ‘too loud and busy’ for her.

The star said she likes ‘being quiet now’ and enjoying time by herself or with her writer husband – Jim Daly, describing their relationship as ‘peas in a pod’.

Melanie shares two children – Molly, 29, and Lorna, 33, with her ex-husband Sean Bean.

Sweet: The star said she likes 'being quiet now' and enjoying time by herself or with her writer husband - Jim Daly, describing their relationship as 'peas in a pod'

Sweet: The star said she likes ‘being quiet now’ and enjoying time by herself or with her writer husband – Jim Daly, describing their relationship as ‘peas in a pod’ 

The former couple met at exclusive acting school Rada in London, marrying in 1990 and welcoming two daughters. They split in 1997.

Melanie admitted that it has been ‘heartbreaking’ during the pandemic as she has been unable to see her children or grandchildren.

The star said that she ‘misses them to bits’ but is grateful that they are both ‘happy, healthy and living their best lives’.

Family: Melanie shares two children - Molly, 29, and Lorna, 33, with her ex-husband Sean Bean - she has been unable to see her daughters during the pandemic (pictured in 1995)

Family: Melanie shares two children – Molly, 29, and Lorna, 33, with her ex-husband Sean Bean – she has been unable to see her daughters during the pandemic (pictured in 1995) 


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