Charley Webb: ‘Couldn’t stop crying’ Emmerdale star details ‘terrible’ coronavirus anxiety

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Emmerdale’s Debbie Dingle actress Charley Webb, 32, has revealed how she has had “terrible anxiety” from the very start of the coronavirus lockdown. The ITV favourite admitted how her husband Matthew Wolfenden, 40, forced her to stop watching the news as she “couldn’t stop crying”.

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Charley Webb

While Charley and Matthew have been locked down at home with their three children, Buster, 12, Bowie, four, and 10-month-old Ace, the actress has been suffering from “terrible” anxiety.

Speaking to OK! Magazine, Charley opened up about how lockdown has been “challenging” for her.

The actress divulged: “I’ve had terrible health anxiety.

“At the start, it was really bad because I’d be constantly on my phone reading about the virus or watching the news to the point I couldn’t stop crying.”


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She went on to explain: “Matthew told me I had to stop reading about it.

“In the end, I had to completely stop watching the news. Now I limit myself.”

Matthew, who also stars in Emmerdale playing the role of David Metcalfe, shared the details around his 40th birthday during lockdown.

The actor revealed: “Charley and the kids thoroughly spoiled me – it was still such a lovely day.

“It wasn’t the party we originally planned, but it was perfect given the circumstances.”

Matthew also commented on how he has found the lockdown as he added: “There are good days and bad. Sometimes you just wake up in a foul mood for no reason.”

The TV star also mentioned how he has to be “honest” with his family when they’re “stuck together” all the time.

Elsewhere, Charley recently shared a “scary” post online about one young child who suffered from a Kawasaki inflammatory response after recovering from coronavirus.

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Last week, Charley retweeted a story from a dad whose child tested positive for COVID-19.

It comes after the father shared the story on from one of their relatives who wrote: “This is my 5 yrs old great niece.

“She was fit & healthy until a mild bout of Covid19 5wks ago from which she appeared to recover.”

They continued: “She is now in ICU with a Kawasaki inflammatory response. She is off the ventilator but has developed heart problems.”


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Charley shared her response to the post with her 443,000 Twitter followers by writing: “This is really scary but I think people need to see it xx.”

Once the soap actress expressed her concerns, fans waded in to agree with the star.

One person wrote to Charley: “That is scary if they open the schools 1st June. I will not be sending my 6yr old daughter back till at least after the summer break.”

Another penned: “Oh my god heartbreaking.”

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