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Five’s Ritchie shares tragic mental health battle after ‘nights on the vodka’

Apr 23, 2022

Five's Ritchie Neville opened up about his past struggles and "nights on the vodka".

The group used to rock the nineties and noughties charts with tunes such as Keep On Movin' and Everybody Get Up.

After a recent throwback gig at a Snug event, which saw three original members hit the stage, the lads chatted exclusively to the Daily Star about some of their defining moments.

These days, the iconic British boyband comprises Ritchie Neville, Scott Robinson and Sean Conlon, without the other two original members Abz Love and Jason Brown.

The group first parted ways in 2001 and had a very turbulent ending with bandmates clashing and multiple members struggling with their mental health.

Talking about some of his lowest moments, Ritchie explained: "I remember there were times on stage back in the day where there was so much going on in your head but you could physically do the performance because the moves were that integrated into your body.

"But I remember having such insecurity one night that I felt like the most worthless member of the band and all these 15,000 people had only come to see the other four.

"I was having its proper mental battle and I did have a 'couple of nights on the vodka' and it was the third night I was at it but I remember you could be doing it all and all the movies but you just wouldn't be feeling it."

The 2022 trio all agreed that things are definitely different this time around and actively communicate with one another when things may get a little rocky.

Scott also said: "Now, if I'm struggling on a night, I would phone them or knock on their hotel room door and say 'I'm having a moment'.

"Then we would talk about it through the night but you wouldn't have done that back in the day because it wasn't spoken about."

The group performed to an intimate crowd at the Snug Presents event and played some of their biggest bops.

Also, be sure to check out Five's new album Time which is available on all music platforms to support the stars and listen to some of their new tunes.

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