EastEnders star reveals how co-star helped her get through divorce

EastEnders star Rita Simons has revealed how co-star Samantha Womack was supportive hroughout her divorce from Theo Silveston.

Rita and Samantha played Roxy and Ronnie Mitchell in the soap from 2007 to 2017, and were just as close off-screen.

Speaking to OK! Magazine, Rita spoke about her separation from Theo and how thankful she was for Samantha’s support.

She said: ‘Sam and I go through everything at the same time’, referring to Samantha’s split from husband Mark, who recently played DI Malone in Emmerdale.

‘If it wasn’t for Sam and a handful of close friends, I’d have gone mad’ she continued, ;Sam has been my rock and I think she’d tell you I’ve been hers.’

‘I had so much going on at home, I was driving myself mad working to try to forget about everything else. I was physically ill every other week and I lost loads of weight.’

Rita explained how she has come out of the situation stronger and more content, saying how she’s now the ‘happiest I’ve ever been.’

Since leaving EastEnders, Rita has featured in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, The House On Cold Hill, and Hairspray, which she will return to when the theatres reopen.

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