Tyson Fury Just Gave The Most Truthful And Bravest Interview Of His Life
A candid Tyson Fury has revealed how close he came to suicide after dealing with mental health issues.
During an appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience, the 30-year-old Brit spoke about how his demons caught up to him only a couple of weeks after his spectacular victory over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.
"I hit the drink, I hit the drugs and I was out all night with the women of the night," he said.
"I just wanted to die and I wanted to have fun doing it. But when the drink wears off, it just leaves you with a bad hangover and even worse depression.
"When you have a goal in mind from being a child -- and you achieve it... I was lost. I didn't know what to do.
"When I was an amateur, I used to watch Wladimir Klitschko on TV and he was my target; when I beat him, that was my [Mount] Everest.
"I tried retiring, but it wasn't enough. I tried golfing, clay pigeon shooting, 4x4-ing, strip clubs, but I had an emptiness inside.
"I had never taken a drug until I was 27. Cocaine was the usual one, cocaine and alcohol. I look back on it now and I think, 'Would I change that?' But I wouldn't. I wouldn't change a thing because I knew it had to happen.
"I was waking up and didn't want to be alive. I was making everyone's life a misery: no-one could talk any sense into me at all.
"I would get very, very low at times and 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 190mph 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.'
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"Before I turned into the bridge, I pulled on to the motorway. I didn't know what to do: I was shaking, I was so afraid.
"I said I'd never think about taking my own life again."
The Gypsy King will fight Deontay Wilder for the WBC Heavyweight Championship on 1st December.
Suicide attempt survivor last year, keep spreading the word and fighting the good fight @Tyson_Fury :punch:
- HendyBhoy67 (@RichieDick3) 25 October 2018
Love how brutually honest @Tyson_Fury is. No beating round the bush. Just pure honesty. Heavyweight champion, opening up about his battle with mental health, his addictions and attempted suicide on the @joerogan podcast. So brave and so refreshing. People need to hear this.
- Keith Rice (@KeithRice10) 25 October 2018
Wow this @Tyson_Fury story about success and suicide and faith is amazing.
- SSJ gokUSA:flag_us::bear: (@TheRealSSJohn) 25 October 2018
In bits watching Tyson Fury, an undefeated, heavy weight boxer open up on Joe Rogan about his battles with mental health, addition & attempted suicide. Spreading awareness is important. Breaking stereotypical views on what it is to "be a man" is important. #JRE
- Chloe Sinclair ♀️ (@_chloesinclair_) 25 October 2018
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