'Bridgerton' Actress Ruby Barker Reveals She Was Hospitalized For Mental Health, Thanks Shonda Rhimes For Supporting Her Journey
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'Bridgerton' Actress Ruby Barker Reveals She Was Hospitalized For Mental Health, Thanks Shonda Rhimes For Supporting Her Journey

Bridgerton star Ruby Barker has talked to fans about her recent admission into a mental hospital. She thanked Bridgerton EP Shonda Rhimes for supporting her in her mental health journey.

In the Instagram video below, she revealed she was recovering from a mental health episode. She thanked several people for helping her along the way, including Rhimes “for giving me an opportunity, for saving me.” She added that she can’t wait to get back to her career and live “a good life.”

She thanked several people for helping her along the way, including Rhimes "for giving me an opportunity, for saving me." She added that she can't wait to get back to her career and live "a good life."

According to People, Barker said she had “been really unwell for a really long time” before telling fans she’s doing better.

“I just want to be honest with everybody, I have been struggling,” she said in the Instagram video. “So, I’m in the hospital at the minute, I’m gonna get discharged soon and hopefully get to continue with my life and I’m gonna take a little bit of a break from myself. And I want to encourage others, if you are struggling, please do yourself a favor. Take a break, stop being so hard on yourself. And people used to always tell me not to be so hard on myself, and I never really, really knew what that meant.”

While she didn't reveal her diagnosis--alerting fans that she would talk about her diagnosis at another time--she did say that she was suffering from "all this intergenerational trauma bundled up inside me."

“I was carrying the weight of the world on my back,” she said. “…I am relinquishing myself and forgiving myself and drawing a line in the sand. I can’t carry on the way I’ve been carrying on. I need to change. So, that’s what I’m trying to do.”

“I want to survive and I will survive, and I’m going to. And so are you,” she said.

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On 'Bridgerton,' Barker plays Marina Thompson, who had a rocky story arc in the first season.

On Bridgerton, Barker plays Marina Thompson, who had a rocky story arc in the first season. Marina decided to forgo waiting on a love match and marry for survival, accepting the marriage proposal of her late fiancé’s brother, Sir Philip Crane. In the second season she is shown happy with her decision, living for her children and enjoying a content friendship with her husband.

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