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Jessica Mauboy Opens up About Melbourne Cup Panic Attack

Jessica Mauboy has opened up to The Australian Women’s Weekly about her panic attack at last year’s Melbourne Cup, saying it was the wake-up call she needed to seek help.

She was scheduled to perform at the event, but failed to take the stage after suffering anxiety backstage, with backing vocalist Nadia Aya stepping in to sing Advance Australia Fair.

Jessica has talked about her battle with stress, admitting she’d never felt anything like that before.

“My music is my dreaming, where I usually feel calm and safe. At that moment, I felt unsafe and uncomfortable for the first time ever.”

“It felt ridiculous going to see someone to talk about at first, but doing that was probably the best thing because I realised that what happened to me was real,” she revealed to the magazine. She said while the anxiety attack could have been caused by anything, she is working on being aware of her situations and monitoring how her body reacts.

“I know now that if it ever happens again, I can’t turn away from it. I have to face it and try to deal with it, and talk to someone about it.”

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Jess Harris

Jess Harris

Hi, I’m Jess. Mum of 3 kids, happy wife and self-confessed gossip queen. I have a background in media and this is where my love of all things celeb began. Being a mother myself I understand we don’t always have time to sit down, have a cuppa and catch up on the latest breaking gossip stories – this is where I come in!

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