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Despite enjoying being a parent to son Parker, Mario Falcone has admitted to struggling with loneliness while being a stay-at-home dad after partner Becky Miesner went back to work.
The former TOWIE star, who recently slammed Piers Morgan for asking who his sister Giovanna Fletcher is, said he was left unable to confide in anyone about how he was feeling.
Speaking to The Sun, Mario divulged: "As a man, you might not admit you're lonely. No one likes to show signs of struggle, especially as a parent.
"There are so many judgemental parents out there and a lot of parent police on Instagram – it's like you're in competition with everybody.
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"People are so scared to admit they're finding things hard," he shared.
"I want to reiterate it was amazing getting that time with Parker, but it was soul-destroying."
The 32 year old went on to explain that he kept his struggles inside and didn't even speak to wife-to-be Becky about the situation.
"I didn't want to moan to Becky about it when she got home," Mario said.
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"She was tired from work, I was tired from being a daddy all day, so even in those moments I still felt alone. I didn't want to make her feel bad.
"When Becky had her days off and I could go to work, she could go and meet her girl friends who had kids, but you don't see a group of lads together having coffee with their kids," the reality star bravely explained.
"I was at home all day on my own with no one else around and there were no other dads to do things with. It was the most soul-destroying, lonely thing ever."
The dad-of-one recently spoke to OK! online about the importance of teaching his son Parker, two, about mental health and being able to express his emotions.
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Mario, who said his sister Giovanna saved his life after a suicide attempt, explained: "I have always been a big advocate for mental health and people being able to speak more openly about their struggles.
"I always said I think it's gonna be hard to change our generation's views on mental health issues. I think obviously, it's getting more and more spoken about but there's still a stigma.
"So I think as parents it's our job to educate and help our kids learn about their emotions from a young age," Mario added.
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