Monty Don speaking to viewers on Gardeners' World

Heartbreaking confession Monty Don made about debilitating health condition: ‘I was unhealable’

Monty previously opened up

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Gardeners’ World star Monty Don once opened up about his battle with depression as he admitted he was “unhealable”.

The animal lover and horticulturist, who is back on screens tonight (June 7, 2024) with an episode of Gardeners’ World, suffered bouts of depression.

In his book, The Jewel Garden, Monty opened up about the impact of losing his business due to the financial crisis of 1987.

Monty Don during interview on Today show
TV star Monty previously opened up about his depression (Credit: Today/YouTube)

Monty Don on depression battle

The star wrote that his temper became “unreasonable”. He added: “[In the end] I went to see a healer. I can’t remember if he was a herbalist, acupuncturist, homoeopath or white coated faith healer, but I liked him.

“He had me abstain from tea, coffee and alcohol and described my various symptoms with unerring accuracy.”

Monty said: “After a few months of this puritanical regime they told me I was unhealable.”

This isn’t the first time Monty has been open about his mental health and depression. He previously said that his depression would “come and go”.

Monty Don with his hand over his mouth on Lorraine
Monty said he was told he was “unhealable” (Credit: ITV)

In a 2020 interview with the BBC, Monty explained: “I have for many years, suffered from depression, which comes and goes but tends to be something that is worse in winter.

After a few months of this puritanical regime they told me I was unhealable.

“And, touch wood, it’s been much better for the last few years. But for me, the benefits of nature are all about the physical connection with the rhythm of the natural world.

“Some of that rhythm is bleak – winter is cold. And yet even if inside you are bleak and grey and cold, if you believe that spring will blossom inside you, as well as outside in the garden, that’s powerful. So that’s how it works for me.”

Monty Don speaking to viewers on Gardeners' World
Monty is back on Gardeners’ World tonight (Credit: BBC)

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Gardeners’ World airs tonight (June 7) from 8pm on BBC Two.

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Rebecca Carter
Associate Editor (News)

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