Kate Ritchie has hit out at the Daily Mail for invading her privacy and publishing photos of her leaving a mental health facility.

The former Home and Away star recently announced she will be taking a break from her radio show to focus on her mental health.

The 43-year-old confirmed that she will be back in 2023 alongside co-hosts Joel Creasey and Tim Blackwell.

In a lengthy post on Instagram, the mother-of-one confessed that she is seeking help after realising she was relying on alcohol too much.

However, things became too much when the Daily Mail published photos of her leaving a mental health facility, invading her privacy.

“As announced previously, I am taking a break until next year,” her post began.

“The last year has been incredibly emotionally challenging, as well as a relentless schedule, stress, and a lack of sleep. I came to realise that this led to an unhealthy reliance on alcohol.

“So I decided to use this time to do something positive by getting the help I need from professionals who specialise in this area.

“As everyone would understand, this is a very big step for me to take. I want to sincerely thank everybody who is supporting me.

“It is a shocking invasion of my privacy that the Daily Mail, through their unrelenting stalking of me, has forced me to issue this public statement, in their blatant attempt to publicly shame me on a private health matter.”

Her post was met with extreme support from fellow actors, comedians and hosts who wished Kate the best in getting better.

“Much love,” comedian Tommy Little wrote.

“Love love love you sista! Do what you gotta do to put your health and happiness first. Cheering you on always and excited for all that lies ahead x,” fellow radio host Ash London commented.

“There’s so much strength to be found in vulnerability. Luckily you are a very strong woman and I have no doubt this time of healing will reveal an even better version of you! We love you @kateritchieofficial,” Aussie swimmer Leisel Jones wrote.

Images: Instagram

This article first appeared on OverSixty.