RYLAN Clark has reflected on a "pretty hard" year after his split from husband Dan Neal.
The TV star's six-year marriage came to a surprise end in June and led him to take a break from screens while he addressed some personal issues.
However, he has since bounced back on Strictly's It Takes Two and even poked fun at the situation while presenting a gong at last month's Attitude Awards.
In a new interview with Heat, he said "a fresh start" was at the top of his Christmas list.
He said: "I really need one. And also I need a holiday – a week's all-inclusive in the sun, with someone bringing me food and drink and not moving.
"I definitely need a break, rather than a breakdown!"
It will be a celebratory festive period for the newly-single star, who has every intention of making it a merry Christmas.
He said: "I'm going all out! After the year I've had – which everyone knows has been pretty hard for me – I just want to have some fun and get a bit of joy in my house."
After announcing the split in June, Rylan took a step back from work which included his BBC Radio 2 show.
At the time, he said: "We are currently prioritising our mental health. I am working towards getting back to the jobs I love."
Bosses suggested the star take a year off work after he broke down in tears off-air on his Radio 2 show.
His Saturday show colleagues loaded the next track so Rylan could compose himself, sources said.
BBC bosses met Rylan's management to discuss how best to handle the situation.
The insider said: "Rylan's one of the BBC's favourite stars. When he returned to work everyone supported him but when he broke down people were concerned he'd come back too fast.
"One of the BBC's top brass was at the meeting. They even suggested he take a year's break to focus on himself. Ultimately, they want Rylan to feel supported and happy."
He did not take any more time off and Radio 2 said: "Following some time away from his show, we're delighted Rylan is back on air."
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