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MasterChef's Julie Goodwin reveals major reason for pushing on after a mental health breakdown


MasterChef’s Julie Goodwin reveals how she regained her will to survive after being hospitalised in a psychiatric unit: ‘I decided that I was done’

Julie Goodwin has revealed how she regained her will to survive after being hospitalised in a psychiatric unit. 

The MasterChef Australia star says that during her harrowing battle with depression, in 2020, and earlier this year when she said she had spent a five-week stay in a mental health facility, she found comfort in her granddaughter, Delilah, one. 

The 50-year-old chef told this month’s Australian Women’s Weekly: ‘In the midst of that really awful time I had decided that I was done. 

Struggle: MasterChef Australia star Julie Goodwin (pictured) has revealed that she found comfort in her granddaughter, Delilah, one, during her harrowing battle with depression, in 2020, and earlier this year when she said she had spent a five-week stay in a mental health facility

Struggle: MasterChef Australia star Julie Goodwin (pictured) has revealed that she found comfort in her granddaughter, Delilah, one, during her harrowing battle with depression, in 2020, and earlier this year when she said she had spent a five-week stay in a mental health facility

‘I had nothing left to do, my work here was done. That’s where I found myself. That landed me in hospital a bunch of times.

‘So, I’m trying to figure out if my life here is not done, then what the hell is it? Delilah is obviously a massive part of that. She’s a tiny little human who I want to be around for,’ she continued. 

‘But you know, I can’t live my whole life for her. And I’ve just got to work out what the rest of it is for.’ 

Family: Delilah is the daughter of Julie's son, Tom. The chef announced Delilah's arrival on Instagram last year, while posing alongside the newborn and her husband Michael (left)

Family: Delilah is the daughter of Julie’s son, Tom. The chef announced Delilah’s arrival on Instagram last year, while posing alongside the newborn and her husband Michael (left)  

Doing it for Delilah: She told this month's Australian Women's Weekly: 'She's a tiny little human who I want to be around for'

Doing it for Delilah: She told this month’s Australian Women’s Weekly: ‘She’s a tiny little human who I want to be around for’

Delilah is the daughter of Julie’s son, Tom. 

The chef announced Delilah’s arrival on Instagram last year, while posing alongside the newborn and her husband, Michael Goodwin. 

Julie sent shockwaves through the showbiz world four years ago when she was charged with drink-driving twice over the legal limit. 

Shock: Julie sent shockwaves through the showbiz world four years ago when she was charged with drink-driving twice over the legal limit. Pictured arriving at Gosford Local Court in 2018

Shock: Julie sent shockwaves through the showbiz world four years ago when she was charged with drink-driving twice over the legal limit. Pictured arriving at Gosford Local Court in 2018

She was caught after trying to evade a police breath test.   

After fronting up at court with her husband and acknowledging it was ‘an error in judgment’ and ‘accepting full responsibility’, Goodwin was fined $600 and disqualified from driving for six months.

She later revealed she had been suffering from depression, for which she had sought treatment at a psychiatric facility. 

The revelation in February this year came 13 years after Goodwin beat runner-up Poh Ling Yeow with her hearty home recipes in 2009. 

The much loved champion returns to the show’s ‘Fans & Favourites’ season on Monday at 7pm on Channel 10.  

For confidential support contact Lifeline 131 114   

She did it: Julie won MasterChef Australia's inaugural series in 2009, with runner-up Poh Ling Yeow (right). The champion returns to the show's 'Fans & Favourites' season on April 18

She did it: Julie won MasterChef Australia’s inaugural series in 2009, with runner-up Poh Ling Yeow (right). The champion returns to the show’s ‘Fans & Favourites’ season on April 18

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