S Membership 7 big name Jo O’Meara unearths she struggled with a playing dependancy

S Membership 7 singer Jo O’Meara has spoken out about her playing dependancy. 

The big name, 43, gave the impression on Thursday’s Lorraine to speak about her compulsion to play fruit machines on the peak of her status with the pop workforce. 

In her first TV interview since revealing she had a playing downside when she used to be more youthful, Jo informed host Lorraine, ‘It turned into a little of a factor. With the band, it used to be so busy and so disturbing, I simply used it as a little of escapism to run away with myself for a short while’.

Fight: Jo O’Meara has spoken out about her playing dependancy, showing on Thursday’s Lorraine to speak about her compulsion to play fruit machines on the peak of her status

Jo admitted: ‘I were given stuck up within the flashing lighting fixtures and getting the 3 sevens or leprechauns, or no matter it could be. It used to be just a little an excessive amount of amusing.’

Lorraine requested if the band knew what used to be going down and Jo mentioned, ‘Yeah, they did. After we used to commute across the county, it used to be like, “The place’s Jo?” Everybody would know – “Oh, she’s at the fruit machines.’ Nevertheless it used to be simply what I did.”‘

Lorraine then requested when she knew it used to be getting a little a lot and Jo mentioned, ‘I don’t believe I ever did. Once I glance again I believe, ‘I mustn’t actually had been doing that’, as a result of what you be informed as you grow older is you by no means win.’

Fame: In her first TV interview since revealing she had a gambling problem when she was younger, the S Club 7 star told host Lorraine, 'It became a bit of a thing' (pictured in 1999)

Reputation: In her first TV interview since revealing she had a playing downside when she used to be more youthful, the S Membership 7 big name informed host Lorraine, ‘It turned into a little of a factor’ (pictured in 1999)

Jo went on to give an explanation for that her proceeding to gamble wasn’t about cash, however the pleasure of taking part in the machines.

She published, ‘It used to be about beating the system, getting the 3 sevens, the thrill of that used to be making me wish to do it much more.’

Lorraine requested if she ever received and she or he mentioned, ‘You by no means win… that is why I am right here these days, to spotlight it as a result of it is all over the place.’

Talking out: Jo mentioned, ‘It is not actual cash is it? If you find yourself urgent a button, it is so simple to fall into an overly, very darkish position’

Speaking about how simple it’s to gamble with cell phones, Jo mentioned, ‘It is not actual cash is it? If you find yourself urgent a button, it is so simple to fall into an overly, very darkish position… It would occur to any one. I believe there is nonetheless a large stigma to it, the place other folks affiliate playing with a person sitting in a making a bet position or a poker desk.

‘It is not the case in any respect. It is going down much more than it has prior to. I sought after to succeed in out to other folks and say, ‘I have been there myself, I comprehend it, there is no disgrace in selecting the telephone up and soliciting for lend a hand.’

On how she were given over her dependancy, Jo mentioned, ‘I believed sooner or later, ‘That is it, I am executed.’ I have never checked out a system as soon as, however I comprehend it’s no longer like that for everyone. You do get stuck up in it. However there is lend a hand there.’

Pop star days: Lorraine asked if the band knew what was happening and Jo said, 'Everyone would know -

Pop big name days: Lorraine requested if the band knew what used to be going down and Jo mentioned, ‘Everybody would know – “Oh, she’s at the fruit machines.’ Nevertheless it used to be simply what I did”‘

Jo first spoke about her playing downside in a video launched this week in collaboration with GamCare to mark their twenty fifth anniversary month.

The S Membership 7 big name joined forces with former England footballer Peter Shilton and his spouse Steph Shilton to percentage a brand new movie the place they every unfolded about their struggles with playing to encourage others to hunt lend a hand. 

Jo commented: ‘This would be the first time that I am talking about my previous playing problems, and I’m hoping it is helping to lift consciousness about how commonplace it may be.’ 

‘Playing problems do not discriminate, any person may also be affected irrespective of age, gender or background and issues are handiest certain to extend with the usage of smartphones and upward thrust in price of dwelling.’

GamCare operates the Nationwide Playing Helpline on Freephone 0808 8020 133 or by means of internet chat at www.gamcare.org.united kingdom, offering knowledge, recommendation and strengthen for any person suffering from downside playing

In the past: On how she got over her addiction, Jo said, 'I thought one day, 'That's it, I'm done.' I haven't looked at a machine once (pictured in 1999)

Up to now: On how she were given over her dependancy, Jo mentioned, ‘I believed sooner or later, ‘That is it, I am executed.’ I have never checked out a system as soon as (pictured in 1999)

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