Danny Mac hit by panic attacks backstage on Strictly Come Dancing 2016


Danny Mac has revealed he's been suffering from panic attacks on Strictly Come Dancing 2016

Despite Danny being the favourite to win and showing pretty much no nerves each weekend, it's a different story behind the cameras.

“I’ve had anxiety attacks. I’ve panicked like I have never panicked in my life," the Hollyoaks hunk said this week. “It’s strange to be woken up in the middle of the night. It’s going through my head all the time. It’s exhausting.

“You start to think 10 million people are watching. You’d never get that even in the biggest arena in the world. So you’re very aware of how big it is.”

Oti Mabuse, Danny Mac
Oti Mabuse, Danny Mac

Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, Danny told how he has been training up to 11 hours a day with pro partner Oti Mabuse.

And in order to recover from those marathon training sessions he takes the plunge into freezing ice baths.

“It has helped my muscles because they do take a battering. I’m doing whatever I can to prevent injury," Danny said, adding he has been "lucky" to have avoided any problems on the show so far.

But despite the anxiety and body aches, Danny declared he was loving every minute of his time on Strictly.

He told the tabloid: “It’s probably one of the most enjoyable things I have done in my life, one of the greatest experiences.

“I’ve been dreaming of being able to dance like this since I was a kid – but it’s only ever been an idea in my head.”

Danny Mac
Danny Mac

After another perfect 40 at the weekend, and a Strictly first with full marks for a Samba, Danny has become the odds-on favourite to win this year's competition.

The remaining five couples will return to the dancefloor in a Musicals themed quarter final of the competition on Saturday 3rd December at 7PM.

Then on Sunday 4th December at 7.20pm on BBC One one more celebrity will leave the competition in the latest results show.

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