DANIEL O’DONNELL’S wife Majella has revealed how she considered committing suicide after secretly battling depression for years.
In a heartbreakingly open interview, the mum-of-two has told how she sat on a toilet seat clutching rosary beads and trying to find a way to go on.
And Majella has now revealed how she has resigned herself to taking anti-depressants for the rest of her life to cope with her illness.
She even ended up desperately contacting social services to help her care for her three year old daughter, Siobhan, during one of her blackest periods.
The 50 year old, who divides her time with husband Daniel between Kincasslagh and Tenerife, says she is now on top of the world but she has learned she needs medication to treat her disease.
She revealed she first had suicidal thoughts when her marriage was falling apart in England in the early nineties.
“It is the most dreadful disease you could possibly have. You are in this hole and it’s way, way down and everyone else is at the top. Nobody can do anything for you, absolutely nobody.
“You hear people who have committed suicide and people saying ‘why didn’t they come to me?’
“But you genuinely believe the world would be much better without you including your children. I did with mine.
“I honesty believed if I was gone their lives would much more…of course they would miss me for a few months but then they wouldn’t have this constant mad woman that’s down.
“I just thought so many times I’m better off out of this. I did consider (suicide) numerous times but I didn’t have the guts to go through with it.
“I had it since my teens and early twenties but I didn’t get medication. I read books and went to see a psychologist and tried positive affirmations.
“I went to the doctor and told him I couldn’t be depressed because I was a positive thinker and I read books.
“He said ‘Majella, it’s like saying I can’t have blood pressure because I’ve read books’.
“He said it was a chemical imbalance and I needed something to balance it. I haven’t been (depressed) since I started taking the anti-depressants. Thanks be to God. I was very lucky and they worked great for me.”
She said she decided to wean herself off her tablets shortly after marrying Daniel but the depression returned.
She said: “After I married I thought ‘This is fantastic. I have no more worries, I love this man to bits, he loves me. We’ve a great life. Surely to God I don’t need these’.
“I start to wean myself of them slowly, slowly but surely. I remember Daniel was in the middle of a really big tour in England and I hit the bottom again.
“I found myself with a pair of rosary beads sitting on a toilet at half past four in the morning in a hotel in London rocking back and forth and crying and praying.
“I said ‘Please God don’t let me go down there again.’ Daniel just said then ‘Please go back on them and don’t ever come off them again’.
“I don’t think I will. I think that’s it for life.”
She said one of her worst times was shortly after the birth of her son Michael when her marriage was on the rocks.
She said: “I can remember very, very clearly sitting in the toilet at home which was locked and rocking back and forth with the baby.
“My daughter (Siobhan), who was almost three, was saying ‘Mammy, Mammy, let me in’. I was thinking ‘go away, leave us alone’.
“I couldn’t cope with anyone demanding anything of me. He was young and was only a few months old so he didn’t demand as in asking.
“I phoned up child services and asked if someone please come and help me with this child. She went out to a woman who looked after her from 9 to 5 to give me the break.
“They did that for about three or four months I think. Then I started to come around after that.
“I didn’t have any family there (in England). My family were my ex’s family and I couldn’t phone them with the whole thing.”
During the interview, she told of her deep sadness that her first marriage ended in divorce.
“We were together for 8 or 9 years. We had two children. My daughter Siobhan is 23 and my son, Michael, is 20.
“When it ended I was absolutely devastated. I used to think every single day I was so lucky to have this guy.
“He was a lovely guy but unfortunately he did have a wandering streak in him and there was lots of affairs and I tried to work through lots of them and in the end I thought I can’t do this anymore.
“I was devastated because this was the person I was going to grow old with. This was the father of my children.
“My son was 3 and my daughter was 5 and I’d say I was in a very, very bad place for a good four years.
“I really, really never wanted to be a divorcee. I still to this day, much as I absolutely love Daniel and he’s a far better partner and person for me, I still wish I was with the father of my children.
“I don’t mean that person, just that I was with the father of my children.
It would be so much easier and it’s so lovely to have your 50th anniversary with your children there.
“It just complicated everything if there is another person involved but that’s life.”
After her children went to boarding school she moved to Tenerife to be near her parents and ended up meeting her famous husband.
She said: “A mutual friend of ours introduced me to him and we got chatting. I thought he was lovely. I never thought of it as a romantic thing funny enough.
“I was divorced with two children and it wasn’t on my mind. I just thought he as lovely guy and then he asked me to go the next night. I thought ‘Jesus Christ, is this a date?’
“I hadn’t had one of them for four years and then Daniel O’Donnell. For the whole week we were together.
“My sister came out to Tenerife afterwards and I had a picture of Daniel. I told her I had met this fella and she said ‘Yeah go on’ and I showed her the picture of him and she roared laughing.
“She said ‘No, no you and Daniel, I don’t think so’. She couldn’t visualise it at all.
“He came out and we wrote and rang and I came home a couple of times. We were lucky it didn’t really get out for about a year. It was three years before we got married.”
She said she is now blissfully happy with her life with one Ireland’s biggest country star.
She said: “I am the person I am because of everything I went through. I don’t want to go through it again but I believe it’s made me a better person now and for that I’m very, very grateful.”
She said she loved making her recent album which included a duet with Cliff Richard but she is not thinking of getting into the music business.
She said: “It was a great experience to have done it. I’m not by any means looking for a career in music. I would not like to be going on the road and doing concerts. I’m terribly nervous.”
More from Donegal Daily
- MAJELLA REVEALS HOW SHE FEELS SHE HAS FINALLY BEATEN HER DEPRESSION DANIEL O’DONNELL’S wife Majella is to reveal how she believes she has beaten the depression that has haunted her life for years.
The bubbly mum-of-two reveled earlier this year how she has battled the condition for years and even considered committing suicide.
But Majella has now […]
- MAJELLA O’DONNELL PLEADS WITH PEOPLE TO ASK FOR HELP IN WAKE OF ROBIN WILLIAMS DEATH Majella O’Donnell has urged people suffering from depression to ask for help in the wake of Robin Williams’ death.
The wife of singer Daniel O’Donnell has bravely spoken about her own battle with the condition and how she too wanted to take her own life.
Majella tweeted “Some […]
- DONEGAL STUDENTS DEMAND POLITICAL PARTIES PUT MENTAL HEALTH ON ELECTION AGENDA STUDENT leaders in Donegal are calling on all political parties and independent candidates to commit to mental health reform and suicide prevention before the General Election.
The number of students reporting mental health issues has increased, but as a result of hiring restrictions […]
- BRAVE MAJELLA – I BATTLE THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE ALL THE TIME The brave wife of singing sensation Daniel O’Donnell has admitted she still battles thoughts of suicide.
Despite finding love and happiness and having a very wealthy lifestyle, Majella O’Donnell says she knows she has a medical condition that she will have to battle fiever.
- RANDOX DUNGLOE IN €25 BOWEL CANCER TEST BREAKTHROUGH SCIENTISTS at Randox in Dungloe have developed a €25 bowel cancer test kit, the company has announced.
The new blood test will spot bowel cancer at earliest stage and the simple check will ID cancer missed by existing screening.
The kit also removed the need for ‘unpleasant’ faecal […]
- MAJELLA COMES TO AID OF THOSE WITH STRESS IN DONEGAL Majella O Donnell has come to the aid of people in her adopted county of Donegal to cope with stress.
She is to officially launch the 'Donegal Mind Wellness', a charity which was founded by Majella in conjunction with volunteers and help from the HSE in Donegal.
The charity aims to […]
- DETAILS OF THIS WEEKEND’S ‘RELAY FOR LIFE’ EXTRAVAGANZA REVEALED
Details of this weekend's much-anticipated Relay For Life event at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology have been released.
The 24 hours event, which aims to raise funding to fight cancer and raise awareness of the disease, is even bigger and better than last year's inaugural […]
- HEALTH: HSE ANNOUNCES FREE SELF-CARE COURSE FOR DONEGAL The HSE in Donegal is providing a series of self management courses for people with long term conditions and for carers of people with long term conditions that promote self care. Self care means looking after yourself and your general health so that you can manage your life and not just […]
- DANIEL HAS PERFECT CHRISTMAS – VISITING FRIENDS AND LOSING AT GOLF! Daniel O'Donnell has revealed he had the perfect Christmas - watching old movies, singing hymns and visiting friends.
The star said he did all the important things in life over the festive season including visiting family and friends.
The only downside for the singer was losing […]
- MAJELLA O’DONNELL REVEALS SHE HAS A CHEEKY SIDE! Majella O'Donnell has revealed she has a cheeky side to her life too!
Majella, who is married to singer Daniel O'Donnell, revealed she has had the her husband's name tattooed on her bum.
In fact, Majella has a stamp with the initials DSM on her backside.
As well as Daniel, the […]
- BRIGHTER DAYS INDEED AS DONEGAL FILM WINS UNIQUE CHALLENGE A unique experiment which saw a short Donegal film pitted against another film from Derry has ended in victory for the Donegal film-maker!
The experiment saw Brighter Days – a film by Letterkenny-based man Daniel McGarrigle – go head-to-head with Derry film Pride In Our City.
- MAJELLA SET TO RELEASE ‘SEARINGLY MOVING’ BIOGRAPHY Majella O’Donnell is set to give a 'searingly moving' account of her life so far in a tell-all new book, her publishers have announced.
She will tell of the break-up of her first marriage, her fights with depression and later cancer and her life now with singer and husband […]
- BRESSIE URGES THE YOUTH OF DONEGAL TO OPEN UP ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS Voice of Ireland star Bressie urged the people of Donegal to open up about their mental health problems and seek help.
The former Blizzards frontman spoke at the Cycle Against Suicide campaign which held a presentation talk on "Mental Health Awareness" at the LYIT campus this evening. […]
- MUM OF TRAGIC DONEGAL SUICIDE GIRL: ‘WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH’
THE mother of a young Donegal woman who took her own life in America two weeks ago has appeared on national radio hoping to raise awareness on mental health.
Carmel Lynch, who has been a psychiatric nurse and suicide counsellor for the past 20 years, is struggling to come to terms […]
- NIKKI’S FIGHT FOR FITNESS: NIKKI REFLECTS ON HER JOURNEY SO FAR Hi Guys,
Hope you are all having a productive Friday! As this is my seventh week with Donegal Daily I thought I would leave out the fitness side of things and do some reminiscing.
The response I have received from my blog fightingfitforewings.wordpress.com and from you all here on […]
- ENGLISH DANIEL O’DONNELL FAN SAYS LIFE ‘RUINED’ BY TOUR ‘SNUB’
An 18-YEAR-old Daniel O'Donnell fan in England says his life has been 'ruined' because the Donegal singer hasn't included his town in this year's tour schedule.
David Marks from Plymouth is the ultimate Daniel SuperFan but says he was shocked when his town wasn't included on […]
- HEALTH: LIVING A QUALITY LIFE WITH A LONG-TERM CONDITION If you or someone you know is living with a long term condition, you will find that sometimes life is not easy. A long term condition can be anything from cardiovascular disease, asthma, back pain, depression, neurological problems or Crohn’s disease to high blood pressure, cholesterol, […]
- MAJELLA: I WANT TO HELP OTHERS BATTLING DEPRESSION The wife of singer Daniel O’Donnell is to talk about living with depression - and help others.
She is set to speak as part of an event organised by a suicide prevention group in Co Donegal this weekend
Majella O’Donnell told two years ago how she has suffered from depression for […]
- GROW MENTAL HEALTH: A TESTIMONY FROM A DONEGAL PARTICIPANT GROW is a Mental Health Organisation which helps people who have suffered, or are suffering, from mental health problems.
Members are helped to recover from all forms of mental breakdown, or indeed, to prevent such happening. GROW, founded in Australia in 1957 by former mental […]
- LOCAL NEWS: PARISH BULLETIN OF ST EUNAN’S, LETTERKENNY Sunday 1st April 2012
We will celebrate God's love for us in the SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION (CONFESSION) as follows this week.
Monday and Tuesday from 10.30 am to 12 noon and 8 pm.
Wednesday from 10.30 am to 6 pm and on
Wednesday Evening after the 7.30 pm Mass we will […]