Following the devastating loss of her father, Sheridan Smith announced some happy news – as fiancé Jamie Horn popped the question in May of this year.
Now, 37-year-old Sheridan has revealed how Jamie, 28, helped her get her life back together – speaking in incredibly emotional scenes from upcoming ITV documentary, Sheridan Smith: Coming Home.
Sheridan was left grief-stricken after her father Colin died in 2016, following a hard-fought cancer battle.
Recounting the harrowing moments towards the end of her dad’s life, Sheridan recalled her starring role in West End musical Funny Girl – which she was forced to neglect following the diagnosis.
“As soon as my Dad got that diagnosis it was like, ‘I’m not leaving your side, I’m not leaving you’. And my mum was like, ‘Well, you’ve got to get back, you’ve got the show, you can’t let people down’.”
“My dad was saying the same, ‘Oh love, don’t worry about me’, but how can you not, he was my rock,” she emotionally recalled.
“They’ve taught me that the show goes on, even if they’re ill and I get that, but at the time I was like, ‘Hang on a minute, reality check, I don’t want to leave my dad’.
When her father died, the actress sadly spiraled into a crippling battle with anxiety and depression: “I kind of lost the plot after that and had a massive meltdown. I ran away.”
However, Sheridan then highlighted how Jamie has been her saving grace – and, only two months after they met on dating app Tinder, she knew he was who she’d spend her life with.
“I’ve got doctors’ care, I’m feeling great, I got engaged, I’m in a very happy place (laughs) so I’m very happy and you know that’s it. I couldn’t ask for more really.
“I think I’m the happiest I’ve been right now,” she said. “Eating a sausage, chips and gravy with the love of my life and my new puppy.”
Sheridan Smith: Coming Home will air on Sunday, November 4 at 9.30pm on ITV.