Her struggle with addiction in the 1990s and 2000s was much publicised, and she sadly relapsed two years ago.
And on Wednesday, Danniella Westbrook, 49, admitted that she’s heartbroken her kids Jodie Jenkins, 21, and Kai Jenkins, 26, will ‘probably always get trolled and bullied’ over her cocaine addiction.
The actress – who shares her children with second husband Kevin Jenkins – took to Instagram where she shared a throwback of herself and her eldest on Loose Women back in 2017.
Danniella opened up alongside the image, with a lengthy caption detailing how her addictions impacted her kids, and praised Kai for being ‘the most loyal and loving’ person in her life.
The former soap star insisted that she believes she ‘probably wouldn’t have made it’ if she didn’t have her son, and said of her drug addiction: ‘The day I think I’m cured is the day I am in danger.’
Heartbroken: On Wednesday, Danniella Westbrook, 49, admitted that she’s heartbroken her kids will ‘probably always get trolled and bullied’ over her cocaine addiction (pictured in 2018)
Mum of two: The actress shares Jodie Jenkins, 21, and Kai Jenkins, 26, with second husband Kevin Jenkins (pictured in 2004)
Danniella penned: ‘I know in my heart he was sent to me for a reason . Being his mum has saved my life blessed me and broken my heart. It broke my heart for all the pain worry and embarrassment my selfish actions in addiction caused him.
‘To this day and probably for ever more both Kai and Jodie will get trolled and bullied because I was a cocaine addict.
‘This boy who’s now a man has always been the most loyal loving and brutally honest person in my life. He’s shown me love and sometimes such tough love that no other in my life has cared that much to do.
‘Everyday I wake up I thank god for my kids and their love. And I can say without hesitation if I didn’t have Kai I probably wouldn’t have made it.
‘God blesses us when he makes us parents and today I count those blessings and don’t intend to let anything or anyone take me off the path to rebuilding trust bonds and bridges that my addiction broke.
‘That’s why I’m constantly aware of my triggers and temptations today and I will never take for granted again just how cunning and devious my illness is.
‘The day I think I’m cured is the day I am in danger . And my dangerous Danniella days are behind me.’
Last week, Danniella enjoyed a coffee date with Sober Success Coach David Gibson – nearly two years after her drug addiction relapse.
Love: Danniella opened up on Instagram with a lengthy caption detailing how her addictions impacted her kids, and praised Kai for being ‘the most loyal and loving’ person in her life
Candid: The star insisted she believes she ‘probably wouldn’t have made it’ if she didn’t have her son, and said of her drug addiction: ‘The day I think I’m cured is the day I am in danger’
In September 2021, the actress vowed to give up cocaine and champagne after feeling like a ‘fraud’ for relapsing during her battle with drug addiction.
Taking to Instagram she told her followers how she wants to change her life before her addictions ‘claim hers’.
In a lengthy post, Danniella spoke of how she is over the ‘vicious circle’ and wants to go back to being sober because they were the ‘best years of my adult life.
‘Ok so here goes …. HONESTY POST Ok so it’s no secret since leaving rehab I’ve slipped and slides more than I have been straight I guess,’ she wrote.
‘But today I’ve joined a new gym restarted my herbal life and going back to the rooms tonight. I’m done with the drinking, the occasional packet and night out I’m totally over it.
‘I know the best years of my whole adult life was the 14 years I spent clean and sober. So today’s the day I go back own my s**t pick up the newcomers ring with pride not shame.
‘I’m tired of being sick and tired and feeling shame and a fraud when people tell me I’m doing well. I’ve done better this time round but I’m done I’m so b****y bored of it all. So today I’m saying. Hello I’m Danniella and I’m a recovering drug addict.’
Danniella went on to say she is hoping to help others tackle their addiction with alcohol and drugs.
Praise:’ He’s shown me love and sometimes such tough love that no other in my life has cared that much to do’ said Danniella of Kai
She added: ‘I haven’t had a rock bottom this time I’m just all over the whole vicious circle that is crippling disease that stops me and from being the best me I can be and from reaching my full potential.
‘I’m lucky this time I’m not crawling in the rooms a sniveling skinny bag head … I was meant for more than this and this last few years f*****g about has shown me, that cocaine and champagne ain’t got the high I want.’
Danniella said she will have her ‘head held high’ as she embarks of her new sober chapter and seeks to find her ‘natural high from life’.
She concluded the post by saying: ‘ So that’s me done ….see you all on the sunny side of life …
‘And to anyone struggling wake up and change your life before it claims yours. We’re all worth it, much love to you.’Westie xxxx’.
Danniella famously had her nose reconstructed after her septum collapsed from excessive cocaine use in 2002.
At the height of her drugs use it was reported she would take up to five grams of cocaine a day, blowing close to £250,000 on the drug.
The star has since embarked on multiple rehab stints in order to battle her demons – and revealed she was finally clean after attending a clinic in Mijas, Spain.
Danniella first appeared in EastEnders in 1990 at the age of 16 and acted on the soap for three years, before returning in 1996. However, her time was cut short when her off-screen behaviour got her sacked.
She returned again shortly after, but was axed again in 2000 after further disruptive behaviour, admitting she blew £100k on cocaine at the time.
The part was recast between 2002 and 2005, and played by Kim Medcalf, but Danniella returned to the role once more in 2009 until 2010.
She was back once more in 2016 for the storyline surrounding on-screen mother Peggy Mitchell’s death, which is to date her final appearance.