Danniella Westbrook hopes her upcoming surgery that involves stabbing a rib in her face will restore her confidence after years of drug abuse caused her nose to collapse.
The actress, 48, previously had the rib procedure in 2018 after osteoporosis rotted her cheekbones and gums and, having received lip filler and Botox for the past year, in addition to surgery on her face, she hopes to get back to her best.
Former EastEnders star Danniella has previously had five reconstructive surgeries, but she continues to be the target of vicious online trolls about her appearance, with people telling her to ‘just kill herself’.
New wife: Danniella Westbrook, 48, hopes her upcoming surgery to stab a rib in her face will restore her confidence after years of drug abuse caused her nose to collapse
She told The Sun, ‘I hate the way I look. I am constantly being fooled and trolled for it.
“People message me and say, ‘You’re so ugly, you’re a junkie, you should just kill yourself.’ I’ve also had messages that they’re glad I’m not coming back to EastEnders because nobody wants me to scare their kids on TV.”
However, the star insists she’s not undergoing surgery to appease her bullies – she says she wants to be happy with herself and no longer suffer with the breathing problems she has as a result of her collapsed face.
Looking back: The actress previously had the rib procedure in 2018, after osteoporosis rotted her cheekbones and gums (photo before her facial collapse in 1996)
She explained, “I’ve gotten to a point where I look like this, so I’m going to change something — not because of what others think, but so I can be happy with the way I am.
“It will change the way I look, but also help my breathing and sinus problems.
‘So it’s also about my health. I’m going for the major surgery, the bone replacement, at the end of April. And then the last surgery to tweak and finish the nose will be at the end of May.”
Changes: The star has been getting lip filler and Botox for the past year, in addition to surgery on her face, she hopes to get back to her best (pictured before her facial collapse in 1996)
Danniella thinks her crumbling face is the result of cutting cocaine with levamisole for veterinary use.
The drug is normally used to deworm cattle, pigs and sheep, but causes human flesh and bones to rot, and Danniella believes this is what caused her problems.
Meanwhile, the star, who recently spoke about her disappointment at Kim Medcalf’s return in Danniella’s former EastEnders role of Sam Mitchell, is working to turn her life around from acting by studying for an NVQ in therapy and helping to launch a holistic wellness Centre.
Problems: Former EastEnders star Danniella has previously had five reconstructive surgeries but is the target of online trolls for her appearance (pictured before face collapse in 1993)
She now lives in North Yorkshire and has moved from Essex, which she says is better after her recovery from her addictions.
Danniella states that ‘the risk of a relapse in Essex is enormous’ and she doesn’t want to put herself at risk by moving there.
She says the local lifestyle is ‘fake’, with people who ‘have the body of a gym bunny’, but ‘on weekends you sit in the toilet doing drugs’.
She says she would much rather live in her cottage and drive her Fiat 500 than a Range Rover.
Surgery: The star insists she’s not undergoing surgery to appease her bullies – she says she wants to be happy with herself and no longer suffer from the breathing problems
The news of her upcoming procedure comes months after she had surgery for a sinus infection.
The actress previously told fans she was waiting to go to the theater at Aintree University Hospital after doctors feared the nasty infection that sent her to ICU “would reach her brain.”
The next day, the former EastEnders star announced that the surgery had been a “huge success” and she came with more good news for her concerned Twitter followers.
She wrote in November: ‘Thank you for all the support for my operation. It was a huge success and I’m so happy to thank @LivHospitals and the best surgical team and the cleanest hospital ever x #NHS #Liverpool,” she said.
Open: Danniella previously discussed her undergoing the procedure four years ago during a performance on Good Morning Britain (photo 2018)
Her hospitalization comes after she vowed to turn her life around after years of drug abuse and reverting to “cocaine and champagne” earlier in 2021.
The actress’s battle with drugs has been widely publicized, and she had her nose reconstructed after her septum collapsed in 2002 from excessive cocaine use.
At the height of her use, she was reported to be taking up to five grams of cocaine a day, amounting to nearly £250,000 worth of the drug.
The star has since embarked on multiple bouts of rehab to battle her demons – revealing she was finally clean in June 2020, after attending a clinic in Mijas, Spain.
Danniella previously discussed during an appearance on Good Morning Britain four years ago that she had to undergo the rib procedure.
She explained: ‘When I was on excessive amounts of drugs and lost my nose, I would have gotten it then, not after being clean for 13 years. I wouldn’t have gotten it in the past three years.”
Of her dental work that went wrong, she said, “The screws, they left the bone in, didn’t close around them when I had implants, so blood got into the bone, so it just died.
“That’s why I got the blood poisoning that gave me the bone disease and started to rot and that’s what it all comes down to.
“They should take some of my skull, but they’re going to use a floating rib.”
She touched her cheek and continued, “I don’t have a cheekbone here where it’s just like osteoporosis, nothing with cocaine at all.
“If it were, I would openly say it was, as I did with my nose before.”
Recovery: News of her upcoming procedure comes months after she had surgery for a sinus infection (pictured this year)