Peter Andre thought he was “dying” when he collapsed last week.
The ‘Behind Closed Doors’ singer was left crippled with chest pains while out jogging near his home in East Grinstead, West Sussex, England, and he feared he was having a heart attack.
Andre – who was eventually diagnosed with a torn ligament - said: “I had a massive health scare last week after suffering from severe chest pains while I was out for a run. I’d only been running for about 10 minutes when I suddenly had the most excruciating, stabbing pains in my chest.
“I couldn’t breathe properly and immediately thought I was having a heart attack, it was that bad. I thought I was dying!
“Thankfully, when the medics arrived, they did tests immediately and deduced that I’d probably torn a ligament in my chest and that was what was causing the pain. Apparently the feeling you get when this happens is very similar to a heart attack so they totally understood why I was so terrified.”
The 37-year-old star refused to accompany paramedics to hospital, but was later forced to visit a medical facility and has been told he now needs to rest for a lengthy period so the injury can fully heal.
Writing in his column for new! magazine, he added: “They wanted to take me to hospital straight away to be monitored. By that point, though, I was keen to just rest at home so I stayed put. With hindsight, I should have taken their advice as I ended up going in later that day to get more painkillers.
“It’s just a case of resting for a few weeks now and hopefully the ligament will heal.”