Adam Rickitt opens up about his debilitating illness and falling in love with 'soulmate' wife Katy
ADAM RICKITT TALKS ABOUT DEALING WITH HIS BATTLE WITH SPINAL DISEASE AND FALLING IN LOVE WITH HIS WIFE
Adam is famous for his role in Coronation Street, getting naked in his I Breathe Again video and now his new part as Kyle in Hollyoaks.
And Adam opened up about playing Kyle who has MS in the soap as well as his own illness Ankylosing Spondylitis off-screen which forces him to follow a strict diet and exercise everyday.
Adam explained how the disease causes the individual vertebrae in the spine to fuse and can lead to sufferers not being able to walk.
'The only way to combat it is through diet and physical exercise,' Adam told us. 'I'll be the fittest old biddy in the retirement home!
Adam has a strict diet with no carbohydrates - other than at Christmas - and no peas. 'It's like the Atkins' diet but 10 times worse!' he said. 'I can drink alcohol and can eat chocolate though!'
With wife Katy, who is a reporter for Good Morning Britain in the audience, Adam talked about how the couple met and why he believes in soul mates.
'I thought I was so lucky in life because I had parents and family who support me, and I'd got into showbiz early, straight out of school, while I knew lots of people struggling,' Adam explained.
'I reached 32, and thought, maybe I'll be lucky in family and business, but not lucky in love. But she turned up to interview me, and immediately after, I rang my mum and said,"I've met the girl I'm going to marry."
'I genuinely believe you're born with half a soul, and the only way you become truly happy is by finding that other half. She's the other half of my soul.'