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Monica Galetti left MasterChef due to ‘dark’ mental health

TV chef’s nephew has been told he has three months to live after cancer diagnosis

Monica Galetti has said that she stepped back from her role as a judge on MasterChef: The Professionals due to her mental health.

The TV chef has been part of the judging panel of the spin-off series alongside Gregg Wallace and Marcus Wareing for 14 years.

However, last month Galetti announced that she would not be appearing on the forthcoming series in order to focus on “my loved ones and rebuilding my kitchen team”.

Appearing on The One Show on Thursday (12 May), Galetti said that things had been “getting very dark” with her mental health.

The chef, who works at London’s Mere restaurant, said: “I’ve only been able to commit time to the show – it’s three months – when my team are strong and I can have the balance of family, the restaurant and all my other commitments.

“At the moment things are out of sync… I’m trying to spend time with my family, I have an ill nephew who I try to get back to see and filming was starting at the same time.”

She continued: “I’m short at the restaurant, I mean straight after this I’m back in my kitchen. I just found I could not manage the balance this time.

‘Something had to give for my own mental health, it was just getting very dark… Sometimes you just can’t do it all.”

Galetti’s nephew Otis is currently having chemotherapy after being diagnosed with a desmoplastic small round cell tumour.

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However, the cancer is terminal, with Galetti saying in an interview with The Times that he has been told he has three months to live.

“We’re told it’s not a cure. It’s just buying us time,” she said.

If you are experiencing feelings of distress and isolation, or are struggling to cope, the Samaritans offers support; you can speak to someone for free over the phone, in confidence, on 116 123 (UK and ROI), email jo@samaritans.org, or visit the Samaritans website to find details of your nearest branch.

If you are based in the USA, and you or someone you know needs mental health assistance right now, call National Suicide Prevention Helpline on 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Helpline is a free, confidential crisis hotline that is available to everyone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you are in another country, you can go to www.befrienders.org to find a helpline near you.

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