Kate Nash: The music industry has killed a lot of people, I'm lucky to have survived

Albertina Lloyd
Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
Kate Nash arrives at the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

Kate Nash has hit out at the music industry for not accepting its duty of care to the troubled stars it creates.

The 31-year-old Foundations singer and star of Netflix series GLOW told The Guardian she suffers from OCD and depression and considers herself fortunate to be alive.

Asked to name her greatest achievement Nash said: “Surviving the music industry. I think it’s been responsible for killing a lot of musicians. Lots of us have mental health issues, and drink and drug problems, and the industry doesn’t really care.”

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The Merry Happy singer added that her greatest disappointment was: “That all the cliches about people in the music industry are true.”

Nash - who attended the BRIT School along with the late Amy Winehouse - has previously spoken of suffering from a nervous breakdown while on tour in America in 2008.

British soul singer Amy Winehouse performs during her concert at the Volkshaus in Zurich, Switzerland, Thursday Oct. 25, 2007. (AP Photo/Keystone, Steffen Schmidt)

She said: "I started drinking a lot, not in a serious way, but it doesn't keep you as healthy as you should be. I was so tired. I remember being on stage and seeing the first song on the set list and looking down, thinking 'I can't believe I've got to play all of those songs'.

Nash previously admitted she was worried about going down the same route as Winehouse, who died aged 27 in 2011 after an ongoing battle with drink and drug addiction.

She said: "You just have to keep your guard [up], you have to know who to trust. You become very protective of yourself. I'm the only person who gives a f*** if I go mental."