Bridgerton Star Ruby Barker has been hospitalized after battling mental health issues, according to a video she posted to Instagram on Thursday.
Barker, who plays Lady Maria Crane (née Thompson) on Netflix’s scorching hit, told followers she was being discharged from hospital after being “really sick for a very long time” and urged viewers to be gentle with themselves if they’re also in trouble.
“Stop being so hard on yourself,” the 25-year-old actress said. “Sometimes you just have to pause and be like, ‘I can’t do this right now. I need support.'”
Tristan Fewings/Getty Ruby Barker, star of “Bridgerton”
Barker said she didn’t want her diagnosis to be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
“I want to survive and I will survive,” she said. “I will. And so will you.”
Although she declined to name her specific diagnosis in the video, she promised to engage in a longer conversation about her mental health in the future.
She also thanked her friends and mentors, as well as Netflix and Bridgerton executive producer Shonda Rhimes.
“You all have my back and hold me together,” she said. In particular, she credited Rhimes for “saving” her through the role of Marina, a single pregnant woman determined to secure a future for herself and her children.
In To Sir Phillip with lovethe Julia Quinn book that Barker’s character is based on, Marina Crane reportedly struggled with severe depression, although the Netflix show hasn’t reached that part of the story yet and may go in a different direction as it did so with several other book-based scenarios.
Barker concluded the video with advice for his fans. “Be kind to yourself. Be gentle,” she said. “But also learning and understanding what it really means.”
She then signed on singing part of “Waiting on a Better Day” by Sexton, her favorite musician.
Bridgerton Season 2 is now streaming on Netflix, and the showrunners recently announced that Colin Bridgerton and Penelope Featherington will star in Season 3, which is set to begin filming this summer.
EW has reached out to representatives for Barker for comment.
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