Coronation Street’s Alex Bain opens up on mental health struggles after being a child star and teenage dad

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Alex Bain has admitted he has struggled with his mental health after finding fame as a child and becoming a teenage dad.

The 19 year old welcomed his first child, daughter Lydia-Rose, when he was 17, but separated from his baby's mother in 2019.

Coronation Street star Alex — who joined the cast of the hit ITV soap at the age of just seven — and has opened up on "dark times" he has faced during his decade in the spotlight.

But, the teen star says his job, family, girlfriend, and two year old daughter have been his "saviours" through it all.

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He said: "If I didn't stick at the job that I'm in now I would have been lost.

"Corrie has kept me going and especially having a daughter has kept me going – it gives me something to do.

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"I've got a wonderful girlfriend Mollie and she's been there for me, because she's struggled as well, she's a performer too.

"My family have been great and have always looked after me. They just said: 'you go in your own your lane, don't listen to what people say, because they're the people who are jealous of what you've got.'

"It has been a struggle over the years, but I think now I’m on the up," he continued to tell The Sun.

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Speaking about his struggle at not seeing his girlfriend for the best part of a year, Alex continued to tell the publication: "It's been tough. We've spent a lot of time apart.

"We've spent maybe three quarters of our relationship not physically being able to see each other. It was a struggle, but I’ve got FaceTime and Zoom."

However, he has been spending the majority of his free time with daughter Lydia during the pandemic, continuing: "Me and my daughter Lydia have just constantly been watching films here at my house, which is great."

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