“I rang social services for my
kids’ sake” - Majella
MAJELLA O'Donnell has
revealed she rang social services terrified she
wasn't coping as a mother to her two young children.
Majella (54), wife of singer Daniel (52), said
depression robbed her of the precious moments she
should have been relishing when her children Siobhan
(26) and Michael (23) were toddlers.
Feeling helpless, she finally picked up the phone to
social services in England after she locked herself
in the bathroom away from her kids.
"Here I was with my two beautiful babies and I just
I felt like a
three-year old and I just phoned (social services)
and said 'hands-up I can't cope, please will
somebody come and help'," she said.
"I was inside in the toilet with the door locked
with a three-year old banging on it saying 'let me
Majella, who was in her 20s when she had her son and
daughter with her first husband, said she wished she
could get back those lost moments of motherhood.
"I would give anything to have my kids at that age
again, in a very healthy place, so I could cuddle
them and squeeze them and just be close to them,"
she told 'The Magazine' on UTV.
Majella, who believes
she will be on anti-depressants for the rest of her
life, also reiterated that breast cancer was easier
for her to deal with than depression.
Happily, she is now cancer-free after a 15-month
battle with the disease.
"I found depression is a far more difficult thing to
deal with than cancer because a cancer is a
thing…you can visual it, you can cut it out, you can
chemo it, you can radiate it," she said.
"When you get depression, it's really hard to
describe never mind somebody treating it, when you
can't even tell them what the hell it is that you're
feeling or going through."
Majella is currently enjoying huge success with her
new memoir 'It's All in the Head'.
She and Daniel recently celebrated their 12th
wedding anniversary in Branson, Missouri, where the
Donegal crooner has been playing a month-long
residency at the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre.