Tyson Fury opens up about mental illness
World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has publicly spoken in detail of his bipolar and suicidal thoughts.
The Manchester boxer was recently ruled out of a rematch with Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitschko on unspecified medical grounds.
He has since admitted his struggles with mental illness contributing to him postponing the rematch.
When asked by Rolling Stone if it was down to lack of training since May due to depression he said:
“To be honest yes, I’ve not been in the gym for months. I’ve been AWOL. I’ve been out drinking, anything to get me mind off what’s been going on to me.“
In the rest of the interview Fury has opened up not just about his depression, but also about his drug use. This includes reportedly being tested positive for a Class A drug. However, he will not lose his WBA, WBO, IBO, Ring and lineal heavyweight belts as a consequence.
“I’m seeing psychiatrists. Everything. They say I’ve got a version of bipolar. I’m a manic depressive.
“I’ve not been in a gym for months. I’ve not been training. I’ve been going through depression. I just don’t want to live anymore, if you know what I’m saying.
“I’ve had total enough of it. They’ve forced me to the breaking edge. Never mind cocaine. I just didn’t care. I don’t want to live anymore. So cocaine is a little minor thing compared to not wanting to live anymore.
“I am seeing help, but they can’t do nothing for me. What I’ve got is incurable. I don’t want to live. All the money in the world, fame and glory, means nothing if you’re not happy. And I ain’t happy. I’m very far from it.“
Fury says his mental state has worsened since he beat Klitschko to become world champion last year causing unwanted attention from the media and his peers.
““I don’t even want to wake up. I hope I die every day,
“And that’s a bad thing to say when I’ve got three children and a lovely wife isn’t it? But I don’t want to live anymore.
“And if I could take me own life – and I wasn’t a Christian – I’d take it in a second. I just hope someone kills me before I kill me self. I’ll have to spend eternity in hell.“
Fury pledges he will return to the ring when he has fully recovered.