TV star Ryan Libbey says fiancée Louise Thompson was on suicide watch after nearly dying during son's birth

Louise Thompson (R) and Ryan Libbey (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for blu)Louise Thompson (R) and Ryan Libbey (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for blu)
Louise Thompson (R) and Ryan Libbey (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for blu) | Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images for blu
Ryan Libbey has said his fiancée Louise Thompson was on suicide watch after she nearly died while giving birth to their son Leo, now aged two.

The Made In Chelsea star, 34, has previously spoken out about how she spent five weeks in hospital suffering with 'serious complications' in 2021 following Leo's birth. She has since been battling post-traumatic stress disorder and post-natal anxiety, something else she has always been open about.

Libbey, who met Thompson when they both appeared in E4 reality show Made in Chelsea (MIC) in 2016, has opened up about the impact of her health struggles. He’s revealed that the couple had daily visits from carers for the first 10 months of Leo's life, after his traumatic birth in November 2021, and also that his long-term love was on suicide watch.

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Speaking on his friend and former MIC co-star Joshua Patterson's ‘Exercising The Demons’ podcast, Ryan said: “The first 10 months of Leo's life, and when I say it was bad, I don't think it could have been much worse at home in terms of the environment we had to just exist in. The physical stuff from three major operations is one thing but what it did to Louise's mental state, it just completely unhinged her as a person.

“We had daily visits from care visitors but they were also on suicide watch because she was saying things like, "I just cannot get through this and I don't even want to. She couldn't even really barely look at Leo, let alone hold Leo. So, for 10 months I had to ensure the house filled with medical staff of different professions.'

Thompson and Libbey got engaged in Los Angeles in 2018. They welcomed their son just over three-years-later, but when Thompson announced his birth to her fans on Instagram she said that she had “danced with death twice.” She also admitted “I am in a bit of a strange place mentally and physically and I might be for a while, but that’s just part of the me now and part of my recovery.”

Libbey, who will also turn 34 next month, added that he had to become both their son’s mother and father while Thompson was recovering and felt unable to care for him. He said: “Leo, I was fighting against biology a little bit because Leo during that time as any newborn is kind of yearning for their mummy and I had to fill that role and it's incredibly difficult.

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He also then spoke about the deterioration of his own mental health: “When I got to the end of that 10 months I was in such a bad state. I'd pushed myself to such an extent that I'd become unhelpful to people around me,” he said. “I was so deeply unhappy and very short on energy and patience. I had a lot of resentment as well and that started to trickle in. I started to feel resentment to Louise. I don't want to say Leo, but just the version of becoming a father that I had. I'd really struggle with it.”

Taking to his Instagram last night (Tuesday July 9), hours after the release of the podcast, Libbey thanked people for their “unbelievably kind” messages. He wrote: 'I am completely blown away by the response to the episode that went out at 6am this morning. It's already got well over 1million listens and I've spent a large part of my day responding to some unbelievably kind messages.

“I can't thank @joshuapatterson_jp and you guys as the listeners enough. You've given me the time and space to open up and expose some really vulnerable parts of my life. Arriving at this place where I feel comfortable to talk about this is empowering for me and my hope is that by doing so it will encourage more men to talk and open up.

“During my relationship with Louise I feel like I've lived 10 lives with plenty of ups and downs. This is our 8th year together. We met in 2016 and since then we've endured so much. The wonderful thing is that we now have a greater sense of understanding, respect and love for each other than we ever have, and that is definitely the silver lining to all of this.

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“Because there has been so much change to my life over the years, it's difficult to know where on the timeline I should begin. From my time on Made In Chelsea, which as you know was difficult at times. To the relationship I have with Louise and what it's been like dating someone in the public eye and the impact that's had on me as just a very normal guy.

“To my relationship with my son Leo and the adjustment to fatherhood. To how I managed the pressure of Leo’s first 10 months playing the role of mummy and daddy, whilst caring for Louise in her darkest days. The body keeps score of these heavy experiences and although I’m now at a peaceful place of acceptance, of course it took its toll and affected me.

“I have so much to say, and I’m really looking forward to doing that with Louise on our new podcast that is coming soon. Thanks again for all your support.”

It comes after Thompson spoke out about how how relationship with Libbey “completely fell apart” after her difficult childbirth. Speaking to Closer magazine, she said family members were concerned the pair may split up.

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She said: “Trauma trickles through every single aspect of your life. Now I'm in a place two and a half years later down the line where I look back, and I am thanking Ryan for various things he did. But there were moments early on where we completely fell apart - we had no relationship.  We shouldn't have stayed together. Things were really destructive. I think we were both just dealing with our own versions of trauma and handling it very differently.”

The reality star added that she is glad now that the pair battled through their troubles and are still together. The couple delayed their wedding plans due to Thompson’s health problems, but they are now said to be starting to plan their nuptials again which they hope will be at the end of 2025.

  • If you are suffering with suicidal thoughts, you can contact The Samaritans on 116 123 for free, confidential support People with hearing problems or other communication difficulties can text 07889 036 280.

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