Paloma Faith says jetlag left her with suicidal thoughts and feeling 'mentally unstable'

Katie Archer
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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14:  Paloma Faith and Josh Franceschi attend the Mulberry: Made to Last dinner on February 14, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Mulberry)
Paloma Faith says she suffered badly from jetlag. (David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Mulberry)

Paloma Faith has opened up about how an extreme reaction to jetlag left her feeling suicidal.

The singer makes the startling admission about the adverse effects of a long-haul trip to Australia in a new BBC Two documentary, Paloma Faith: As I Am.

According to The Sun, she said: “I’ve had really bad experiences coming to Australia.

“The first time I ever experienced jetlag, I got a bit disoriented and mentally unstable and had to cancel the tour.

"I contemplated suicide.”

UNSPECIFIED: In this image released on December 1, 2020, Singer Paloma Faith poses on the red carpet during the Virgin Atlantic Attitude Awards Powered By Jaguar broadcast on  December 01, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Attitude Magazine/Attitude Magazine via Getty Images)
Paloma Faith had her second child earlier this year. (Attitude Magazine/Attitude Magazine via Getty Images)

Faith was talking about a trip to Australia in 2009, when she had to cancel her scheduled shows.

She did make the journey again in 2015 but was hospitalised with exhaustion, tweeting at the time that she didn't think flying long distances was "very good for the body".

The documentary will also look at Faith's experiences of IVF and being a working mother.

She recently welcomed her second child with artist partner Leyman Lahcine.

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The hour-long programme will show the struggles she faced in getting pregnant and in returning to performing after becoming a mum.

Faith said of the documentary, which was directed by Jane Mingay: “I was very reluctant to let a camera into the very personal experience of working as a first-time mum but Jane is a mother and friend, so I felt safe.

“The result is very telling, exposed and at times emotional for me to watch. I hope it’s a testament to all working mothers.”

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After Faith's second child was born earlier this year, she posted on Instagram to share her experiences of the pain of birth and the early days with a newborn.

She has been in a relationship with Lahcine for eight years, and their children were born in December 2016 and February 2021.

Watch: Paloma Faith welcomes second child