Tyson Fury gave an astonishing insight into his mind as the former world heavyweight champion struggled to deal with his success.
Victory over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 should have been the beginning for Fury. As it turned out, it was almost the end.
The adulation of reaching his lifelong dream escalated into wild nights and finally culminated in a deep and dark depression.
As Fury explained during a frank interview on the Joe Rogan Experience, he almost took his own life.
“It wasn’t until after the Klitschko fight. A very massive high that I had to avert to an even worse low. The lowest low that anyone could ever have,” he explained to Rogan.
“I’d wake up and think, ‘Why did I wake up this morning?’ And this is coming from a man who won everything. Money, fame, glory, titles, a wife, family and kids – everything.
“But I felt as if I had nothing, a gaping hole that was just filled with gloom and doom.
“I’d start thinking these crazy thoughts. I bought a brand new Ferrari convertible in the summer of 2016.
“Driving 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.’
“Before I turned into the bridge I pulled onto the motorway, I didn’t know what to do, I was shaking, I was so afraid.
“I sought help from a psychiatrist and she told me that I was an imminent death (risk),” Fury added.
Fury is back at the top of his game and now planning to dethrone Deontay Wilder on December 1.
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