I’m A Celebrity’s Beverley Callard says husband Jon saved her life after two suicide attempts
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Beverley Callard has enjoyed a successful career playing Liz McDonald on Coronation Street for over three decades, but behind the scenes the star has had her fair share of struggles.
The 63 year old I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star was at her lowest point back in 2009, when she spent two months in the Priory after becoming overwhelmed with heartbreak over her late mother Mavis' Alzheimer's diagnosis.
The actress was also dealing with the stress of being in £150,000 of debt from her failed pub business with her now-husband Jon McEwan.
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“We had bailiffs banging at the door so we were both working exhausting hours and feeling stressed about not being able to pay people," she told The Mirror in 2010.
The Corrie star, who recently opened up on her ghostly encounter with the late Deirdre Barlow actress, explained that she was working 70-hour weeks while her then-fiancé did building work in between "slogging in the pub" or visiting her mum.
Beverley's doctor decided to put her on medication that would "literally put a horse to sleep" to help and, according to the publication, he described her as one of the most ill people he had ever seen.
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She also underwent 12 rounds of electric shock therapy, which left her unable to walk, wash, speak or cry as she stayed in the foetal position.
Throughout this horrific time, her partner Jon stuck by her side and did everything he could to help her, including thwarting two suicide attempts.
Gushing over him, Beverley said: “It wasn’t just the fact that Jon rumbled me to the nurses that saved me from ending it all.
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“It was much more than that. He stood by me, through everything. He never gave up on me, never gave up trying to understand my torment.
“Even though after visiting me he’d go to his car and cry his heart out. Even though he’d see me curled into a ball with matted hair, unable to speak or move and no one was sure if I’d get better.
"By being there, by staying right by my side, he proved he loved me no matter what. He proved I had lots to live for, that I could be happy again – even when the future looked black.”
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After making it through the difficult year together, Beverley went public with their engagement and eventually the pair married in 2010.
"I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him," she said of her other half.
"It sounds dramatic, but he definitely saved my life. I’ll be the luckiest woman alive to call Jon my husband."
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