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Hugh Sheridan reveals what really happened during anxiety attack that saw him rushed to hospital

Hugh Sheridan has lifted the lid on the recent anxiety attack that landed him in hospital last month. 

The Packed To The Rafters star, 35, was admitted to Sydney’s Prince of Wales Hospital for mental health treatment in November, following the backlash surrounding his casting as a transgender character in the play Hedwig and the Angry Inch.  

Speaking to Sydney Confidential of the terrifying incident on Sunday, Hugh described the incident as a ‘wake-up call’. 

‘It all just hit me’: Hugh Sheridan, 35, (pictured) has revealed what really happened during the ‘wake-up call’ anxiety attack that saw him rushed to hospital last month 

‘I literally woke up in hospital and didn’t remember how I got there and the doctors told me I had had an anxiety attack,’ he told the publication. 

‘Basically in the days leading up to it, I had performed a Christmas pageant in Adelaide, I had done a show for Soho House International, I had done appearances for the Qantas 100th birthday celebrations … then that night I had realised that something was going on with (Hedwig) and it all just hit me,’ he continued. 

Hugh said his doctor had likened the anxiety attack to his brain hitting an ‘eject button’.   

Hospital visit: On November 21, photos emerged of Hugh leaving hospital with a bandage on his right hand and bracelets on his left wrist. The Five Bedrooms star was flanked by his close pal, actress Jessica Marais (left) who held his hand and led him to a parked car nearby

Hospital visit: On November 21, photos emerged of Hugh leaving hospital with a bandage on his right hand and bracelets on his left wrist. The Five Bedrooms star was flanked by his close pal, actress Jessica Marais (left) who held his hand and led him to a parked car nearby 

Leading role: Hugh was hospitalised following the backlash surrounding his casting as a transgender character in the play Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Leading role: Hugh was hospitalised following the backlash surrounding his casting as a transgender character in the play Hedwig and the Angry Inch 

‘At that point I realised that I was suffering a little bit more than I realised,’ he added. 

Elsewhere in his interview, the House Husbands star admitted that he’d experienced  another emotional set-back just last week while he was rehearsing for Carols In The Domain. 

Hugh admitted that he was reduced to tears while singing It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, as the lyrics were an ironic reminder of how very un-wonderful his year has been. 

'At that point I realised that I was suffering a little bit more than I realised': Aside from the Hedwig controversy, Hugh said his busy work schedule was largely responsible for the anxiety attack

‘At that point I realised that I was suffering a little bit more than I realised’: Aside from the Hedwig controversy, Hugh said his busy work schedule was largely responsible for the anxiety attack  

Fans were left concerned on November 21 when photos emerged of Hugh leaving hospital with a bandage on his right hand and bracelets on his left wrist.  

The Five Bedrooms star was flanked by his close pal, actress Jessica Marais, who held his hand and led him to a parked car nearby. 

The sighting followed controversy surrounding Hugh’s casting as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch.  

Backlash: Hedwig and the Angry Inch was pulled from the 2021 Sydney Festival after an LGBTQIA+ group, Queer Artist Alliance Australia, wrote an open letter slamming producers for casting Hugh to play a transgender character

Backlash: Hedwig and the Angry Inch was pulled from the 2021 Sydney Festival after an LGBTQIA+ group, Queer Artist Alliance Australia, wrote an open letter slamming producers for casting Hugh to play a transgender character

The musical was pulled from the 2021 Sydney Festival after an LGBTQIA+ group, Queer Artist Alliance Australia, wrote an open letter slamming producers for casting Hugh to play a transgender character.

‘We would like to express our profound sadness and disappointment that trans performers are still fighting for equal opportunities and representation,’ the open letter read.

‘The choice to cast a cisgender male as a transgender character is offensive and damaging to the trans community, and continues to cause genuine stress and frustration amongst trans- and gender- nonconforming performers all across Australia.’

Out and proud! In October, Hugh made headlines when he revealed that he isn't straight, but doesn't put a label on his sexuality

Out and proud! In October, Hugh made headlines when he revealed that he isn’t straight, but doesn’t put a label on his sexuality

The alliance agreed that Hugh was a talented and deserving actor, but said it was not appropriate for him to ‘be the gatekeeper of a trans story’. 

In October, Hugh made headlines when he revealed that he isn’t straight, but doesn’t put a label on his sexuality. 

Penning an essay for Stellar, Hugh explained that after taking time to reflect while in lockdown, he’d come to accept his attraction to both men and women. 

'Everyone is on the smorgasbord!' Penning an essay for Stellar , Hugh explained that after taking time to reflect while in lockdown, he'd come to accept his attraction to both men and women

‘Everyone is on the smorgasbord!’ Penning an essay for Stellar , Hugh explained that after taking time to reflect while in lockdown, he’d come to accept his attraction to both men and women

Hugh wanted to make it clear he was ‘never ashamed’ of his sexuality, but that ‘some people are working things out slower than others’. 

‘There must be a lot more people out there who feel how I feel – like the words still don’t fit. Maybe this is also my way of letting people know that I’m still single, and everyone is on the smorgasbord!’ he added. 

The thespian also revealed that he’d been advised to hide his sexuality for the sake of his acting career.

‘Figuring out that I connected with the same sex the way I did the opposite sex was almost a relief, so that advice was confusing,’ he said.   

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Sad reality: The thespian also revealed that he'd been advised to hide his sexuality for the sake of his acting career

Sad reality: The thespian also revealed that he’d been advised to hide his sexuality for the sake of his acting career


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