Home & Away alum Lincoln Lewis fell off the radar for a while there, but was unintentionally flung back into national media attention after an ABC article unravelled a massive catfishing scandal, in which a woman posed as the actor and ruined another woman’s life.

While Lincoln had nothing to do with the catfishing scandal, it was his face and persona that were used to manipulate, and it understandably would have affected him personally.

While he hasn’t specifically pinpointed that experience as being the catalyst for some mental health issues, he has posted a revealing deep dive on the story behind his new Men’s Health transformation issue cover. 

For a decent amount of time I’d been stuck in a constant spiral that had left me pretty heavily broken. Something I never spoke about because I felt I never wanted to burden anyone around me but also because I thought “I’ll be sweet, time will fix it”. Something that wasn’t right or healthy at all. It got to the point where mentally & emotionally most of the time I felt broken but always made sure to put a smile on every time I’d step outside. Keeping things to myself only made it worse which took away a big part of my natural happiness, my epic spark for life, my creativity when it came to my acting & lastly – eating like shit to try & make myself feel better, I’d physically let myself go big time.

PSA – the cover is fire and Linc is extremely ripped. It must be acknowledged.

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Ahh it’s finally here!! @menshealthau – Out today! . Seeing this is such a surreal feeling & definitely something I never thought I’d be fortunate enough to take part in! . This is personally a big deal for me as I’ve never opened up so much let alone on a public platform. I’m usually someone to keep this kind of stuff quiet but this was such a beautiful opportunity that I’m so grateful for & if this can help encourage or motivate even 1 person then it’s more than worth it for me. . For a decent amount of time I’d been stuck in a constant spiral that had left me pretty heavily broken. Something I never spoke about because I felt I never wanted to burden anyone around me but also because I thought “I’ll be sweet, time will fix it”. Something that wasn’t right or healthy at all. It got to the point where mentally & emotionally most of the time I felt broken but always made sure to put a smile on every time I’d step outside. Keeping things to myself only made it worse which took away a big part of my natural happiness, my epic spark for life, my creativity when it came to my acting & lastly – eating like shit to try & make myself feel better, I’d physically I’d let myself go big time. . The last 3 months have been nothing short of life changing ???? A chance opportunity to accept a complete transformation! Something that while physically the results may show its the mental and emotional side that I FEEL the best results! . Setting a massive goal, realigning my focus & completely changing my entire eating plan to keep the body and mind clear, clean & working properly. Something that would set the pace for what’s been achieved . I’m truly thankful 2 absolute legends I’m lucky to now call good mates: Men’s Health Editor @scottkhenderson & @jonocastanoacero who not only whipped my ass into shape but also made sure I was always focused, in a good mindset & always ready for a shitload of banter from someone on massive sugar & carb withdrawals ???? I’d love it if you could grab this month’s copy of Men’s Health ???????? . Never forget- You’re NEVER alone, there’s always those that care & wanting what’s best for you & it’s NEVER weak to speak. Much love & have an awesome day ????????

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But what I really love about this story is it’s not actually about getting jacked for the sake of it – Lincoln clearly found that tidying up his eating and getting back into fitness helped his mental health.

In case guys think I’m saying that all you need to do to change your life is to change your body, well, it’s not that simple. But everything is linked. I understand that now more than ever. Everything you do has an effect on your life but no one thing can fix everything.

It’s nice to see a celeb transformation where the focus isn’t all “I feel so much better because I look like a ripped Ken doll” and is more “the actual transformation is my emotional and mental wellbeing”. I think in general we’re tired of the focus being on the physical, when really getting your diet sorted and your fitness schedule in check has far more benefits to your overall wellbeing. I know for me, when I lose the plot with my netball/barre/running (all of which I hate but I do it for the health benefits) my anxiety gets worse, I feel down more often and I have less energy – including mental energy.

Basically, it’s nice that he’s out here championing men speaking up about mental health struggles and using fitness for getting your mind in check, not just your pecs.

Love this for him.

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