Kate Ritchie chokes back tears as she makes heartbreaking confession on Anh Do’s Brush With Fame

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‘I was lost wondering how I would survive’: Home and Away star Kate Ritchie chokes down her tears as she makes a heartbreaking confession on Anh’s Brush with Fame

Kate Ritchie will get emotional on Tuesday’s episode Anh’s Brush with Fame as she reflected on her decision to leave Home and Away in 2008.

A trailer for the season premiere of the hit ABC interview show shows the 42-year-old actress swallowing her tears as she discusses leaving behind the character she played for 20 years, Sally Fletcher.

She told Anh Do, the artist turned TV host, that she struggled to detach her own identity from Sally and ‘felt lost’ when it was time to move on.

'I Was Lost': Kate Ritchie will get emotional on Tuesday's episode of Anh's Brush with Fame as she contemplates her decision to leave Home and Away in 2008

‘I Was Lost’: Kate Ritchie will get emotional on Tuesday’s episode of Anh’s Brush with Fame as she contemplates her decision to leave Home and Away in 2008

In the trailer, she said she didn’t know how she would ‘survive’ without her Home and Away character to give her a sense of identity and purpose.

Kate explained, “She had been my best friend for twenty years. She gave me purpose and a sense of accomplishment because I felt – I feel different now – after a lot of therapy …

‘I thought the only thing I had ever done of value in my life was when I was her. Those kind of things.’

Looking back, a trailer for the program shows the 42-year-old actress swallowing her tears as she discusses leaving behind the character she's played for 20 years, Sally Fletcher.  Shown here in a scene with Heath Ledger, pre-Hollywood fame

Looking back, a trailer for the program shows the 42-year-old actress swallowing her tears as she discusses leaving behind the character she's played for 20 years, Sally Fletcher.  Shown here in a scene with Heath Ledger, pre-Hollywood fame

Looking back, a trailer for the program shows the 42-year-old actress swallowing her tears as she discusses leaving behind the character she’s played for 20 years, Sally Fletcher. Shown here in a scene with Heath Ledger, pre-Hollywood fame

Anh asked Kate if she felt “lost” when she left Home and Away, and Kate said she did.

“I was lost wondering how I would survive without her and how people would react to me if I wasn’t Sally,” she added.

Kate had spent 20 years on Home and Away and was worried she would make it without having a full-time job.

Iconic role: In the trailer, Kate (depicted as a child actress) said she didn't know how she would 'survive' without her Home and Away character to give her a sense of identity and purpose

Iconic role: In the trailer, Kate (depicted as a child actress) said she didn't know how she would 'survive' without her Home and Away character to give her a sense of identity and purpose

Iconic role: In the trailer, Kate (depicted as a child actress) said she didn’t know how she would ‘survive’ without her Home and Away character to give her a sense of identity and purpose

But she said quitting the soap was the best decision she’d ever made.

‘I think the best thing that comes out of this is that I can do without it [Sally]I almost choked on the words! We’re all great without our safety blankets, ”she said.

Kate captioned the teaser on Instagram: ‘I worry so much about what people think … of revisiting the same old chapter of my life.

Leap of Faith: 'I think the best that can come out of this is that I can do without it [Sally]I almost choked on the words!  We're all great without our safety blankets, ”she said

Leap of Faith: 'I think the best that can come out of this is that I can do without it [Sally]I almost choked on the words!  We're all great without our safety blankets, ”she said

Leap of Faith: ‘I think the best that can come out of this is that I can do without it [Sally]I almost choked on the words! We’re all great without our safety blankets, ”she said

The chapter that people keep asking about and the chapter that defined me publicly and personally. One day I will overcome those concerns, but for now I will talk to Anh. ‘

Kate, who shares a daughter with ex-husband Stuart Webb, starred in Home and Away from 1988 to 2008. In 2013 she reprized her role as Sally Fletcher briefly.

She is now a successful radio host for Nova 96.9 in Sydney.

Fan Favorite: Kate starred on Home and Away from 1988 to 2008.  She reprized her role as Sally Fletcher briefly in 2013

Fan Favorite: Kate starred on Home and Away from 1988 to 2008.  She reprized her role as Sally Fletcher briefly in 2013

Fan Favorite: Kate starred on Home and Away from 1988 to 2008. She reprized her role as Sally Fletcher briefly in 2013

New fame: She is now a successful radio host for Nova 96.9 in Sydney

New fame: She is now a successful radio host for Nova 96.9 in Sydney

New fame: She is now a successful radio host for Nova 96.9 in Sydney

Last June, Kate surprised fans when she revealed she would love to return to acting.

She said TV week: ‘The day I walk back on a film set will be a very happy one.

‘I look forward to being part of an ensemble again one day. It’s all about finding the right role. Don’t worry, I’m still looking. ‘

She added: ‘I will always feel connected to Home and Away.

“Even now, at some distance from that time and having had the chance to develop myself without Sally’s security blanket, I still miss it desperately.”

Never say never: In June, Kate surprised fans when she revealed she was eager to get back to acting

Never say never: In June, Kate surprised fans when she revealed she was eager to get back to acting

Never say never: In June, Kate surprised fans when she revealed she was eager to get back to acting

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