Loose Women's Linda Robson opens up about OCD battle

Linda Robson

Loose Women’s Linda Robson has opened up about her OCD battle.

Linda Robson opened up on yesterday’s episode of ITV’s Loose Women as she spoke out about her battle with OCD.

Revealing that at her worst point she would wash her bedsheets everyday, the star spoke about how her family were forced to put boundaries in place for her.

“I am only allowed to do so many washes a day,” revealed Linda, who admitted that at one point she had to be locked inside her house while her family contacted the police.

“I was washing my bedclothes every day, I used to do it once a week, which was fine, but then I started to do it every day,” the Birds of a Feather actress went on.

“It does completely consume your life,” continued Linda, who was at one point taken to a rehabilitation centre by Loose Women co-star Stacey Solomon. “I ended up in a clinic where they set me boundaries so I wasn't allowed to do all of the jobs”.

A photo posted by on

Explaining how her clinic worked, Linda Robson went on, “There would be a job for someone to lay the table, someone to empty the table, someone to load the dishwasher, someone to empty the dishwasher, someone to do the hoovering, because I was doing all of it.”

The actress also spoke about how the recent coronavirus lockdown made it more difficult for her to manage her OCD, as she was stuck in her home without anything to distract her.

Speaking about how she feels the disorder may impact her family, Linda went on, “I had to watch myself with my my grandchildren, who you all know I love more than life itself, so when they'd come round I'd be following them round picking things up and washing them.

“But I had to say to myself, you're going to stop them from wanting to come round, and you're not going to have fun with them and they won't want to come to you.”

“I think they have got a form of it as well.”

Aleesha Badkar
Aleesha Badkar

Aleesha is digital shopping writer at woman&home - so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows all the best places to splash your cash. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 after graduating from University of Leeds in 2014 with a BA in English and Spanish (which took her to Madrid for a fun Rioja and tapas-packed year). Aleesha has worked for woman&home since 2019, when she joined the team as their digital news writer. A year on the news team gained her quick and reactive writing skills and a love for breaking stories, invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first, an AOP awards nomination and the nickname ‘crazy watch lady’ after she became so obsessed with the royals that she followed breaking news alerts on her Apple Watch.


Before joining the woman&home team, Aleesha wrote for their sister site GoodtoKnow, where she covered celebrity news, health advice and where to snap up the cheapest lifestyle buys. With a background in beauty, Aleesha has also written for Stylist and Women’s Health where she developed an understanding into what makes a stellar product and which brands are worth paying attention to. She never leaves the house without a slick of lip balm and a good slathering of SPF, cannot live without an eyelash curler by her side and is always on the hunt for new lipsticks to add to her ‘Lipstick of the Day’ Instagram story highlight (and color-coordinated collection).

But it’s not just beauty buys Aleesha can help you with. Social media savviness, strong PR relationships and a need to stay in the know mean she’s all about the latest fashions, clever gadgets and reliable lifestyle buys too. She loves indulging in an interior craze (with a bedroom drowned in prints, plants and pink), is a regular visitor to the Missoma and Edge of Ember 'New In' pages and can’t resist the allure of a kitchen gadget—just ask her three coffee machines.

When she’s not playing around with new products and testing anything she can get her hands on, Aleesha spends most of her time with her head in a current bestseller, catching up on the latest Netflix craze with her sister, trying out new recipes, drinking wine with her bestie and (in non-COVID times) has been known to be a bit of a jetsetter amongst her friendship group. Oh and she makes the most of her Disney+ subscription by watching the Marvel films on repeat (definitely not just for Chris Evans...).

Follow her latest shopping & lifestyle advice, beauty insights and social antics on Instagram at @aleeshabadkar.


Twitter: @aleeshabadkar

LinkedIn: aleesha-badkar

Email: aleesha.badkar@futurenet.com