Anne-Marie says suffering with anxiety makes it hard to perform on stage

‘I hate people looking at me:’ Anne-Marie says suffering with anxiety makes it hard to perform on stage as she discusses mental health and new track with Niall Horan

Anne-Marie has said suffering with anxiety makes it hard for her to perform on stage as she discusses her mental health challenges.

The Rockabye singer, 30, revealed she ‘hates people looking at her’ and so music was a ‘weird career to go into’.

Speaking on Friday’s Good Morning Britain – where she also discussed her new track with Niall Horan – the star said hearing other people talk about their difficulties helped her. 

Honest: Anne-Marie has said suffering with anxiety makes it hard for her to perform on stage as she discusses her mental health challenges

She said: ‘Sometimes weird for people to hear I suffer with anxiety because some people say ‘how do you go on stage’ and I say ‘I don’t know’ because I hate people looking at me. 

She added: ‘It’s a bit of a weird career to go into for someone like me.’  

Explaining how she copes she said: ‘When you say to people just talk about how you’re feeling, that’s what helped me find out my brain, by hearing other people talk about what they’re going through.

Candid: The Rockabye singer, 30, revealed she 'hates people looking at her' and so music was a 'weird career to go into'

Candid: The Rockabye singer, 30, revealed she ‘hates people looking at her’ and so music was a ‘weird career to go into’

‘I had no idea about my brain really. I can say about three years ago, I still didn’t understand anything about mental health. 

‘It was only when I saw people talking about it online and on the TV. I feel so strongly about that and I want to be so open with everyone. 

‘I want everyone to know that, it might look like you’re happy and you have everything, but you can still have things going on up here that people can’t see. I want to talk about it all the time.’

Exciting: During the interview she also discussed finally releasing her new track Our Song with Niall Horan

Exciting: During the interview she also discussed finally releasing her new track Our Song with Niall Horan 

During the interview she also discussed finally releasing her new track Our Song with Niall Horan. 

She said: ‘It’s been so long we’ve been teasing it but finally we announced it. It’s just so brilliant, I’m so excited for everyone to hear it.’

Speaking about Niall, the hitmaker added: ‘He’s so lovely, I honestly didn’t know what to expect because we hadn’t met in real life until we met to record it. 

New single: She said: 'It's been so long we've been teasing it but finally we announced it. It's just so brilliant, I'm so excited for everyone to hear it'

New single: She said: ‘It’s been so long we’ve been teasing it but finally we announced it. It’s just so brilliant, I’m so excited for everyone to hear it’

‘I wondered of what’s he going to be like, is he talented is he nice? And he was both… I’ve got a really great friend out of this collaboration.’ 

Last month The One Direction star hinted at their collaboration with a teaser snap, alongside the caption: ‘It’s happening’. 

And the pair were then spotted filming for the music video as they rode around in a mint green classic Jaguar XK120 together. 

Yay! On Thursday Niall took to his Instagram to share the exciting news that the song will be released next Friday

Yay! On Thursday Niall took to his Instagram to share the exciting news that the song will be released next Friday

Anne-Marie also discussed their partnership in November last year, explaining how the pair decided to team up after bonding over their shared love of golf, subsequently penning three songs together.  

She said: ‘It was amazing actually. The communication started to happen after I pronounced his second name wrong on the radio, and then we started chatting and I’m into golf and he was like, “We need to go and play golf!”

‘We’d planned to hang out with each other but never did, but then this session opportunity came around and I was like, “Finally, we’re going to be in the same room”.

‘It was a very creative process and we wrote three songs so we’ve got a few to choose from.’

Pals: Anne-Marie also discussed their partnership in November last year, explaining how the pair decided to team up after bonding over their shared love of golf, subsequently penning three songs together

Pals: Anne-Marie also discussed their partnership in November last year, explaining how the pair decided to team up after bonding over their shared love of golf, subsequently penning three songs together

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Poll shows Tories are on course for a MASSIVE 17-point win in Hartlepool

Disaster for Keir Starmer as poll shows Tories are on course for a MASSIVE 17-point win in Hartlepool by-election – a seat that has ALWAYS voted Labour

  • Survation poll find the Tories are 17 points ahead in Labour bastion Hartlepool
  • The seat up for grabs in by-election on Thursday has always been Labour held
  • Conservative nerves about impact of No11 flat row but many votes cast by post 

Keir Starmer is facing disaster at elections this week as a shock poll showed the Tories are on track to record a in Hartlepool.

Survation research puts Conservative candidate Jill Mortimer 17 points clear in a seat that Labour has always held since its creation in 1974.

The survey for ITV’s Good Morning Britain comes with health warnings as it is a relatively small sample, and was conducted a week ago before Boris Johnson’s ‘wallpapergate’ scandal fully took hold.

But it suggests that Sir Keir is facing a grim night as he struggles to resurrect Labour’s fortunes after its worst general election defeat since 1935 in December 2019.  

Sir Keir tried to put a brave face on the situation today, saying he will take ‘full responsibility’ for the results on Thursday.

He said his job is to ‘rebuild the Labour Party’. ‘I understand that every vote needs to be earned,’ he told Sky News.  

Survation research puts Conservative candidate Jill Mortimer 17 points clear in a seat that Labour has always held since its creation in 1974

Sir Keir tried to put a brave face on the situation today, saying he will take 'full responsibility' for the results on Thursday

Sir Keir tried to put a brave face on the situation today, saying he will take ‘full responsibility’ for the results on Thursday

Mr Johnson seemed to receive a warm reception when he visited Hartlepool yesterday, elbow bumping locals and posing for selfies.

A bullish premier dismissed the impact of the row over his lavish No11 flat refurbishment, saying people would not focus on ‘trivia.

The seat voted heavily for Brexit, but the Tories did not flip it in 2019 in the same way as much of the rest of Labour’s ‘Red Wall’.

Other polls have suggested that Conservative support is dipping as the lobbying and refurbishment rows take their toll – although the party was enjoying huge leads in the early stages of the campaign.

A much higher proportion of postal votes than normal are expected to be cast due to the pandemic, meaning many people could have made their decision before the allegations filtered through.   

In a call with Tory activists last night, Mr Johnson tried to play down expectations for Hartlepool – once held by New Labour mastermind Lord Mandelson. 

‘I want to stress that a lot of people are talking about Hartlepool — I have just been there,’ he said.

‘I think it’s important for people to understand this is not a seat that Conservatives have ever held. 

‘This is the stamping ground of Peter Mandelson. It’s very important for everybody to be aware of the deep psephological reality.

‘It’s a massive, massive challenge, it would be a quite extraordinary thing in my view if that were to happen — but that doesn’t mean that we’re not fighting for every single vote.’ 

Mr Johnson seemed to receive a warm reception when he visited Hartlepool yesterday, elbow bumping locals and posing for selfies

Mr Johnson seemed to receive a warm reception when he visited Hartlepool yesterday, elbow bumping locals and posing for selfies

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Environmental campaigner says owning pets is ‘selfish and cruel’

An environmentalist who believes that owning pets is ‘selfish and cruel’ has urged Brits not to replace their animals when they pass away because of their carbon footprint. 

Appearing on Good Morning Britain today, environmental auditor Donnachadh McCarthy debated Countryfile host Julia Bradbury about whether we should stop owning pets all together, because of the detrimental impact they have on the environment. 

McCarthy argued that ‘most people do not need pets’ amid a climate emergency, and that those who keep cats and dogs in urban homes are giving them a ‘horrendous life’, because they’re not naturally domestic animals.  

Viewers were not convinced by his arguments, with one saying that their animal is a ‘loved and part of my family’ while another said they often look for ways to be kinder to the environment, but wouldn’t consider giving up their pet. 

Appearing on Good Morning Britain today, environmental auditor Donnachadh McCarthy urged Brits not to replace their animals when they pass away because of their carbon footprint 

Host Susanna Reid (pictured top) interjected, asking how to compare a pet, which are often like beloved members of the family, to a car or plane emitting carbon emissions

Host Susanna Reid (pictured top) interjected, asking how to compare a pet, which are often like beloved members of the family, to a car or plane emitting carbon emissions 

‘We have to accept that our selfishness involved in keeping these pets locked up, cooped up, is involved in a massive amount of cruelty,’ said Donnachadh.   

Citing a 2019 study, Donnachadh said that emissions from the average dog is equivalent to two households of electricity in a year.

‘Like everything else, cars are convenient, flights are convenient, pets are nice to have – but we have to think of the consequences behind them,’ he said. 

‘It’s about love, isnt it. Behind that love we have for cats and dogs there is a whole ocean of cruelty, whether it’s the destruction of rainforests for the meat, the destruction of the seas for fish to feed our cats.’ 

Host Susanna Reid interjected, asking how to compare pets, which are often beloved members of the family, to a car or plane emitting carbon emissions. 

‘If we love members of our family, if we love our kids, do you not accept we have to look out for the climate crisis?’ McCarthy asked. 

He went on: ‘I’m saying to look after and love your children, you have to look out for your carbon emissions because we are in an emergency.’ 

Julia went on to argue that while the impact pets have on the environment is an important issue to consider, there are several ways to mitigate the effects they have. 

‘I’m grateful Donnachadh has raised an important issue,’ she said. ‘What impact are our pets having on the planet, and there are things we can do to mitigate that.’ 

She went on: ‘I think something that Donnachadh is missing here when he’s talking about the bond we have with cats and dogs, they aren’t just about being an extension for us, it’s not that we want to just look after something. 

Countryfile host Julia Bradbury said while the impact pets have on the environment is an important issue to consider, there are several ways to mitigate the effects they have

Countryfile host Julia Bradbury said while the impact pets have on the environment is an important issue to consider, there are several ways to mitigate the effects they have

Donnachadh went on to argue that unless your pet is essential for your health, you should 'consider not replacing them when they pass away

Donnachadh went on to argue that unless your pet is essential for your health, you should ‘consider not replacing them when they pass away

‘Sometimes they hav a very important value in our lives. Do we get rid of guide dogs? Special medical assistance dogs?’ 

Donnachadh went on to argue that unless your pet is essential for your health, you should ‘consider not replacing them when they pass away.’  

‘What we need to do is think in an emergency. We have to look at essential needs and essential requirements. 

When asked whether he’d had a pet of his own, he went on: ‘My partner had a pet for three years and I noticed when my partner was out the dog slept all day . 

‘When we visited his parents in the country he was mad with energy running round the other dogs all day long and what I realised was millions of dogs are cooped up urban homes, living a horrendous life. I would argue that most people do not need pets.’ 

Viewers weren't impressed with Donnachadh's argument, with one writing: 'Never heard as much garbage in my entire life. Some peoples pets have literally saved their lives this last year. They are our family!'

Viewers weren’t impressed with Donnachadh’s argument, with one writing: ‘Never heard as much garbage in my entire life. Some peoples pets have literally saved their lives this last year. They are our family!’ 

Viewers weren’t impressed with Donnachadh’s argument, with one writing: ‘I have never heard so much rubbish! People rely on pets for mental health and to aid loneliness! By all means mitigate with carbon offset – this man’s an idiot.’ 

Another said: ‘I drive an electric vehicle. I recycle. I continually look for new ways to be kind to the environment, including sourcing eco-friendly dog toys and food. This berk can kiss my recycle bin if he thinks I’m giving up my dogs. Someone get him a pet.’ 

A third agreed: ‘Who is this stupid person saying that we should not have pets, my dog is loved and part of my family not just a thing that this guy is making out. He really needs to live in the real world.’ 

‘OMG I’ve heard it all now some bloke on @GMB saying we should give up our pets to save the environment! The world has gone mad!!’, wrote a fourth.