Popular actress Jessica Marais has announced she's quitting acting for the rest of the year to focus on her health.
The Gold Logie nominee has withdrawn from filming Nine's new show, Bad Mothers, which was due to start filming in October.
In a statement released by her management, it said:
"Jessica has decided to step away from acting for the remainder of 2018 to focus on her health and spend time with her family."
"She is disappointed that she will not be a part of the Bad Mothers production with such an incredible cast and team behind it, but knows that it is important to take time out to maintain ongoing balance and wellbeing."
In the past, she has been open about her personal demons, revealing she had suffered from "bipolar episodes" since she was 12.
News that she had entered the "detox and inner health program" broke when she announced she was pulling out of attending the 2018 Logies on the Gold Coast, despite being nominated for a Gold Logie and Most Popular Actress, which she later won.
"Jess knows what her triggers are and she'd have recognised the warning signs," reveals a friend, who says those closest to Jess are proud of her for tackling her issues head-on. "She's done what's best for herself, Scout and her family by checking herself into rehab."
When Jess entered the facility the first time, a friend was happy that Jess was getting the help she needed.
"Everyone is hoping and praying Jess gets the help she needs. She seemed like she was in a much better place the past few months, making peace with James and meeting her new man. The fact that she's taking responsibility for herself is a great sign," adds a friend.
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Good HealthFeb 21, 2019