Daniela Katzenberger: Daniela Katzenberger talks about her two burnouts

Daniela Katzenberger embodies the cheerful nature personified. But that wasn’t always the case: especially at the beginning of her career, the documentary queen struggled with public pressure and suffered two burnouts, as she now reveals.

Daniela Katzenberger, 35, always has a smile on her face and always has a funny saying ready. Her fans value her for her open nature and the fact that she doesn’t take herself too seriously. Now, however, the “cat” strikes more serious tones and reports on the downsides of its fame.

Public pressure was “hell” for Daniela Katzenberger

After Daniela Katzenberger became known in 2010 through her participation in the “Goodbye Germany” emigrant format, she quickly realized the great pressure associated with life in public. “I was a hairless cat, so not just because of the naked pictures, I just had no fur at all,” she says in her podcast “Cat & Cordalis” about the beginning of her career.

At the time, she was not good at dealing with negative headlines: “It was hell for me”. Above all, the criticism of her person, the constant evaluation, made it difficult for her. “If you go by them, you look like a monster, are fat like a ton and have a brain like a sparrow,” Daniela explains. “I really thought people hated me”.

“Everything hurt me”

This eventually led to two burnouts, which is a state of deep emotional, physical and mental exhaustion. Especially when she was pregnant with daughter Sophia, 6, in 2015, she went through a difficult time. Due to the hormonal change, she was more emotional anyway.

Because she gained 26 kilos during pregnancy, Lucas Cordalis’ wife, 54, received all sorts of hate comments on social media. “If I were as fat as you, I would kill myself,” a follower is said to have written to her. “I was a target of 1.63 meters and everything hurt me,” reveals Daniela Katzenberger.

The TV darling regularly takes social media breaks

In the meantime, she has learned to deal with hostilities, even if she sometimes still finds it difficult not to take them to heart. What should help her, however, is that she regularly withdraws from social media to focus on herself and her family.

It was only last Tuesday, July 19, 2022, that the “cat” announced another Instagram break. In the podcast, she also reveals another way to switch off. “When life gets too loud for me, I like to go to the cemetery,” says the 35-year-old. It’s quiet there and she’s always aware that “life is too short” to worry about the opinions of others.

Sources used: “Katze & Cordalis”, instagram.com, netdoktor.de

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