The 29-year-old star, who portrayed Maxxie Oliver in series 1 and 2 (2007-2008) of the popular E4 drama, opened up on Instagram yesterday (April 2).
Part of his message reads: “For many years now people always ask me why I stopped posting, being active online or why I stopped my YouTube channel and decide to hide. The answer is something had been creeping up on me and my ability to be creative started to lack more and more every day, insecurity took the place of confidence and my self belief and self esteem slowly drifted away. Those things that had been knocking on my door were depression and anxiety. I had experienced more set backs in my personal life and more rejections from work than I could handle. The only thing I knew what to do was to hide away, so I did.”
He added: “I’ve finally decided to stop listening to those voices. Don’t get me wrong, this didn’t happen over night, wasn’t as easy as turning off a light, it took a very long time. I’d been in a dark place, the darkest.
“Don’t look for happiness because you will fail, just notice the little things that make you smile and feel alive. Then Happiness will find you.”
Hewer starred in the 2014 film Behaving Badly, 2015’s Nightlight and in recent years appeared in BBC hospital drama, Casualty.