Marnie Simpson has addressed her brief split from fiancé Casey Johnson, earlier this year, and revealed at the time she was secretly dealing with depression.
The former Geordie Shore star, 29, sparked speculation she and X Factor star Casey had split, earlier this year, after sharing cryptic posts on Instagram, insisting the couple’s son Rox is ‘all I need’.
Now, Marnie has shared the reason behind the break up and admitted while recovering from surgery she had to treat Trigonitis – a condition associated with severe bladder problems – she got so ‘down’, she ended up ‘pushing Casey away’.
Honest: Marnie Simpson has revealed the reason behind her brief break up with fiancé Casey Johnson earlier this year and said she was dealing with depression after undergoing surgery
Speaking to The Mirror, Marnie explained that her recovery put strain on her relationship with Casey.
‘The operation was really painful. It took about four months to fully heal and I was really, really depressed and so down,’ she revealed.
‘I was about eight weeks post-op, and I thought the operation hadn’t worked.
‘I got myself so upset and stressed out, even though the doctors had told us it was a very long, up and down recovery, and they said that would happen…. but when you’ve gone through such a traumatic illness, you worry that you’re going to be like that forever.’
Brief split: Marnie hinted at the split in January and has now shared she ‘pushed Casey away’ after getting ‘down’ while recovering from the operation she had to treat her bladder condition
Tough time: The star, 29, needed surgery after being diagnosed with Trigonitis after years of bladder problems that saw her hospitalised with a kidney infection (pictured with Casey)
Fearing the worst, Marnie confessed: ‘I thought it hadn’t worked and pushed everyone close to us away because I was so depressed all the time.’
Reality star Marnie first spoke about issues she had with her bladder in 2016, when she was hospitalised with a kidney infection and kidney stones following her stint on Celebrity Big Brother.
In lockdown last year, she was diagnosed with rare bladder condition Trigonitis, where tissue located in the lower part of the bladder becomes inflamed.
Marnie underwent an operation to treat the condition, with the mum-of-one revealing at the time that the procedure – which uses a metal rod to burn off layers of the bladder – was ‘quite invasive’.
In January, just months into her recovery, Marnie unfollowed Casey on social media – removing his name from her Instagram bio.
Difficult: Marnie admits her recovery hasn’t been plain sailing and took its toll on her mental health as well as her relationship with Casey, who she shares one-year-old son Rox with
She left fans concerned as she revealed she was having a ‘tough time’ and cryptically added ‘no one will ever know what goes on behind closed doors’.
Marnie, who has been dating Casey for over two-and-a-half-years, said via her Instagram story: ‘I’m getting a lot of messages, a lot of questions.
‘If I’m honest, like, I know everyone means well I just want everyone to respect my privacy that’s it really, I don’t wanna talk about it. Yeah, it’s a tough time, everyone is going through a tough time at the minute, I’m not gonna moan.’
She added: ‘What I’ve realised is over this past year, is that no one will ever know what goes on behind closed doors, I know that from personal experience… no one knows scenarios, details, situations, no one knows what’s going on in someone’s head, mind, treat people how you want to be treated.’
Marnie also shared a photo with her baby boy Rox and captioned it: ‘You’re my little miracle Rox, when things aren’t good and times are tough, I just look at your beautiful little face and that inspiring smile, I remember how incredibly lucky I am, you’re all I need in life baby boy (sic).’
Concern: Marnie left fans concerned when she unfollowed Casey on social media in January and shared a series of cryptic posts, revealing she was going through a ‘tough time’
Set to wed: Marnie and Casey have been dating since 2017 and announced their engagement in August 2020 after X Factor star Casey proposed in lockdown
She and Casey first got together in June 2017, after appearing on reality series, Single AF, together.
Two years later, they welcomed their son Rox in October 2019 and later announced their engagement in August 2020, following Casey’s romantic garden proposal.
Sharing a snap of himself and an emotional-looking Marnie just moment after getting down on one knee, Casey gushed: ‘OMG SHE SAID YES!!! @marns.’
Fans have been following the pair’s relationship on MTV series Geordie OGs, where original stars from Geordie Shore invite the cameras into their homes to reveal what they’ve been up to since starring on the show.
Marnie joined Geordie Shore for season seven in 2013. She starred on the series for two years before quitting in 2015 after season 11, where she got engaged to former fiancé and ex-TOWIE star Ricky Rayment.
Following the breakdown of her relationship, Marnie rejoined Geordie Shore for series 12 and stayed for four more seasons until she quit the reality show for good in 2018.
Rise to fame: Marnie was launched into the spotlight on MTV reality series Geordie Shore, which she starred on for four years before quitting the show for good in 2018