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Kate Ritchie ‘forced to issue statement’ after ‘shocking’ act

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Former Home and Away star and Australia’s Got Talent judge Kate Ritchie has been forced to issue a statement after an Australian newspaper published photographs of her at a private mental health clinic in Sydney.

On Thursday, the Daily Mail Australia published photographs of Ritchie arriving at and leaving the facility, an act the popular radio host and TV personality has described as a “shocking invasion of my privacy.”

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Hours after the Daily Mail splashed the photographs on its website, Ritchie released a statement on Instagram.

“As announced previously, I am taking a break until next year,” she wrote.

“The last year has been incredibly emotionally challenging, as well as a relentless schedule, stress, and a lack of sleep.

“I came to realise that this had led to an unhealthy reliance on alcohol.

“So I decided to use this time to do something positive by getting the help I need from professionals who specialise in this area.

“As everyone would understand, this is a very big step for me to take.

“I want to sincerely thank everybody who is supporting me.”

Kate Ritchie. Credit: Instagram/Kate Ritchie

Ritchie then took aim at the Daily Mail for publishing photographs of her at the treatment facility.

“It is a shocking invasion of my privacy that the Daily Mail, through their unrelenting stalking of me, has forced me to issue this public statement, in their blatant attempt to publicly shame me on a private health matter.”

The response from fellow celebrities and fans to Ritchie’s latest statement was immediate and overwhelmingly supportive.

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“Sending you all our love and strength,” Melissa Doyle wrote.

“Sending so much love to you Kate,” Lisa Wilkinson wrote.

“Us Sturt St, Campbelltown gals are made of strong stuff … and seeking help in tough times just proves it.

“As does standing up to the media’s sick bullies who just love to kick someone when they’re down. I should know.

As someone much, much wiser than me once said, ‘We all get two lives, and the second one starts when we realise we only get one.’

“Now is your time to switch off the white noise and find the gentle peace you deserve.”

Kate Ritchie on AGT. Credit: Seven

Others echoed Wilkinson’s sentiment.

“You are strong. Asking for help is strength. Getting help is true courage. Everything else is noise. Stay strong,” singer David Campbell wrote.

“We all love you Kate. Be kind to yourself,” Sally Obermeder added.

Olympic swimmer Liesel Jones wrote that there was strength to be found in vulnerability.

“Luckily you are a very strong woman and I have no doubt this time of healing will reveal and even better version of you,” Jones wrote.

“We love you.”

Actress and radio host Kate Ritchie made a major announcement regarding her future on a popular radio show. Credit: Supplied

Actor Ryan Johnson added: “You keep your head up Kate and down when you need to. Everyone adores you.”

After Ritchie issued her statement, the Daily Mail doubled down on their original story, simply updating it to confirm she was in rehab for an “unhealthy reliance on alcohol.”

The outlet published only part of her statement, cutting out the final paragraph in which she criticised them for “the shocking invasion of my privacy.”

They stated that they had made “multiple attempts to seek comment from Ritchie’s management.”

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Earlier this year, the 44-year-old mother-of-one stepped back from her Nova radio show for the remainder of the year.

“I’m tired and I just need a break for a short while (to) have more time for me, and my family to re-energise,” she said in an official statement shared on the Nova website in October.

Ritchie added that she was the type of person to “invest a lot of emotional energy into everything I do.”

“My work, and my family especially, and the last few months I have been working on radio, I’ve been returning to TV and in my spare time I even wrote a children’s book,” she said.

“It’s time to recharge the batteries and come back fresh next year.

“And although it’s only for a short time, I will miss you all. I’ll see you in the New Year.”

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