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I wanted to die so bad, Tyson Fury speaks on depression

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British boxer Tyson Fury has revealed that suffering from depression meant he “ wanted to die so bad ” .The 30 – year – old , who faces Deontay Wilder for the American ’ s World Boxing Council heavyweight title in Los Angeles on December 1 , also had problems with drug addiction and alcoholism .

Fury told video podcast The Joe Rogan Experience : “ I would start thinking these crazy thoughts.

“ I bought a brand new Ferrari convertible in the summer of 2016 . I was in it on the highway and at the bottom , I got the car up to 190 mph and heading towards a bridge .
“ I didn ’ t care about nothing . I just wanted to die so bad . I gave up on life , but as I was heading to the bridge I heard a voice saying , ‘ No, don’ t do this Tyson , think about your kids , your family , your sons and daughter growing up without a dad . ‘”

Fury said his life had become unstable following a shock win over Wladmir Klitschko in Dusseldorf in 2015 that saw him crowned the World Boxing Association , International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organisation heavyweight champion .

“ I ’ d wake up and think , ‘ Why did I wake up this morning ?’ he said . “ And this is coming from a man who won everything . Money , fame, glory, titles , a wife , family and kids — everything . ”

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A prolonged period away from the ring saw Fury lose his titles although he still regards himself as the “ lineal champion ” having not been beaten in the ring .

Fury added he had sought professional medical help but that it was his religious belief that had enabled him to resume his boxing career .

“ I was out at Halloween in 2017 dressed as a skeleton, but I was 29 and everyone was younger and I thought , ‘ is this what I want from my life ?’ he said .

“ I left early and went home into a dark room , took the skeleton suit off and I prayed to God to help me . I ’ d never begged to God to help me . I could feel tears running down my face . ”

Fury added : “ I almost accepted that being an alcoholic was my fate but after praying for 10 minutes , I got up and felt the weight was lifted off my shoulders .

“ For the first time in my life I thought I was going to be OK. I knew I couldn’ t do it on my own . ”

( AFP )

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