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Deborah Hutton recalls how she got through the darkest hours of her life

It may seem hard to believe, but a little over a year ago, Deborah Hutton said she was having deep issues in her life. 

"I was in a really bad way, I was just a mess," the media personality admitted to Women’s Weekly. 

Deborah’s estranged partner had just been arrested for staging a break-in at the Sydney beach home they shared together, in a bid to intimidate her into staying with him. 

Earlier that morning, a heartbroken Deb had been chatting with her close friend Junny Haretuku, who lives two-and-a-half hours out of Sydney.

Suddenly, there was a startling knock on her door. 

"And Jenny was standing there with all the ingredients for chicken soup – literally. She had an overnight bag and said, 'I am staying,'" Deborah, 57, recalled.

"I just burst into tears and thought, 'That's one of the greatest gifts I have ever been given.'"

The Aussie celebrity has opened up about navigating through life with her close group of friends who she considers her “family”. 

Among her tight-knit group is Deeta Colvin who Hutton describes as "the greatest engineer of fun and frivolity Australia has seen".

"Friendships take on a very different meaning to you if you don't have your own family," Deborah said.

"My friends are my family.

"Because I never really had a true sense of immediate family, my friendships are everything to me. They anchor me and help me feel secure.

"It's different for me. I am not married and I don't have children. Friendships take on a very different meaning to you if you don't have your own family."

While she has found love through her closest companions, the media personality says she is focussing on new life projects thay “make her heart sing”. 

“Every relationship I have had, I have loved at that time of my life. Every relationship was meant to be for that particular time and it was meant to finish when it did and I have evolved out of that,” she said. 

Scroll through the gallery above to see Deborah Hutton for Women’s Weekly. 

Images: Women’s Weekly