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Kate Ritchie reveals how she really felt about leaving Home and Away

"I was lost and I wondered how I was going to survive."
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It’s been more than 10 years since Kate Ritchie made the decision to leave Home and Away in 2008. But now, the actress has finally discussed how she felt leaving behind the character she played for two decades.

WATCH BELOW: Kate Ritchie reveals she felt “lost” after leaving Home and Away

Set to appear on Tuesday night’s episode of Anh’s Brush with Fame, the 42-year-old actress has revealed how she struggled with separating her own identity from her character Sally, and that she “felt lost” when it came time to move on.

“I didn’t know where she ended and I began or vice versa, and I had to work out whether I was more than that,” she explained.

“She gave me purpose and a sense of achievement,” she said.

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“Sally was a great person, a great friend and a great daughter … did people only feel something for me because they liked her?” (Credit: Instagram)

Kate went on to say that she feels differently now after “loads of therapy”, and that her character had been her “best friend of 20 years”.

“I thought the only thing I’d ever done of value in my life was when I was her. I was lost, and I wondered how I was going to survive without her,” she spoke candidly.

“Sally was a great person, a great friend and a great daughter … did people only feel something for me because they liked her?” she said.

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Kate returns to TV for Anh’s Brush With Fame. (Credit: ABC)

Kate first joined the Home and Away cast in 1988 when she was just 10 years old, and after 20 years in the role, she decided to close that chapter.

It’s been 13 years since she quit the role of Sally, and Kate said it ended up being the best decision she ever made.

“I think the best thing to come out of all of this, is that I’m great without [Sally]. I nearly choked on the words! We’re all great without our security blankets,” she said.

Kate has since forged a successful new career in radio, where for the past eight years she’s served as one of the biggest stars on Nova FM.

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“I thought the only thing I’d ever done of value in my life was when I was her.” (Credit: Seven)

In a new Instagram post however, Kate uploaded the trailer for the interview and wrote in the caption about how her past still lingers with her.

I worry so often of what people think.. Of me revisiting the same old chapter of my life,” she wrote.

She continued: “The chapter people continue to ask me about and the one that defined me. Publicly and personally.
One day I’ll move through that worry.. But for now I’ll speak with Anh.”

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