Ruby Barker, who played the role of Marina Thompson on both Season 1 and Season 2 of Netflix’s hugely popular web series, ‘Bridgerton’ was reportedly hospitalized recently following her struggle with mental health issues.
The actress has openly spoken about her mental health and also urged others to be more mindful of their own mental health and to also seek out support when they think they need it.
Ruby Barker, took to her Instagram to post a video on Thursday, May 26, 2022 and in that video, she spoke about her hospitalization. She shared that she needed to get admitted because she felt “unwell for a really long time” and that she needs to get checked in for her “undiagnosed mental health condition.”
Along with her video, she added the caption, “Mental health week is every week for me. Off my chest. I feel like I’ve not been completely honest so this is for my followers. Time to be transparent. I’ve been struggling since Bridgerton, this is the truth. Thank you all for supporting me, your love holds me up”
In her video Barker candidly admitted that she was going to be discharged from the mental health facility and that after discharge she was planning to take some time off. She said, “I just want to be honest with everybody, I have been struggling. So, I’m in the hospital at the minute and I’m gonna get discharged soon and hopefully get to continue with my life.”
She added, “I’m gonna take a little bit of a break for myself and I want to encourage others if you are struggling, please do yourself a favour. Take a break. Stop being so hard on yourself.”
While she didn’t specify what her diagnosis was, she said, Now I’m at a point where I have a diagnosis and I will talk to you about that at another time. But I have a diagnosis and I am relinquishing myself. I’m forgiving myself and drawing a line in the sand. I can’t carry on the way that I’ve been carrying on. I need to change. So that’s what I’m trying to do. I was trying to hold together my mental health like this, just adding so much pressure. Like my brain was just gonna go boom, and that’s basically what happened. Sometimes you just got to take a break. You’ve got to say, ‘I can’t do this right now. I need support.’”
She also thanked the ‘Bridgerton’ show producers and Netflix and said, “I need to thank Netflix and Shonda Rhimes and Shondaland for giving me an opportunity, for saving me.”
She concluded her video by saying, “I cannot wait to fulfil all of my engagements and to have a good career and a good life. I do not want my diagnosis to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. I want to survive and I will survive and I’m going to and so are you,” she said. “That’s the beauty of it. So are you.”