Tyson Fury’s wife has recalled the moment he told her he “wasn’t coming back” as he hit rock bottom.
The former heavyweight world champion had endured a near three-year drink and drug-fuelled depression since beating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.
His struggles reached a crescendo when he took his Ferrari for a spin with the intention of killing himself.
And his wife Paris has opened up about Tyson’s state of mind in a new ITV documentary.
“I remember when he got in the Ferrari before he left he said, ‘I’m not coming back’,” she said. “Then as the day progressed and his phone was off I started calling his dad.
“I said, ‘Have you heard from him because I don’t know where he’s at? I am worried, he was talking silly this morning’.
“He’d done what he’d always wanted to do. He was on top of the world. We had everything anyone could ever dream of.
“We had our kids, had our money, fame, glory. But inside he was torn to shreds. That was it, end of the line.’
Fury opened up about considering taking his own life when he returned to the ring in 2018.
And he said on the documentary that he woke up and thought: “Today’s the day I end it all”.
Fury added: “I was heading towards this bridge, I was going to smash the car into the bridge at very high speed, I just didn’t have the ambition to live anymore.
“Before I got to the bridge I heard a voice saying, ‘Don’t do this, you’re going to destroy your family’s life,’ and I immediately pulled the car over and that was the first time I thought, ‘Right, now or never. I need to get well immediately’.
“I always knew I was unwell, but I always put it to the back of my mind because I had a job to do…my job was to become heavy weight champion of the world so you put all your eggs in one basket and you’ve an addictive personality, it’s all or nothing in everything you do and you’ve achieved your dream and there’s no further you can go in your career, that was Everest and that’s it – it all came crushing down.”
“I woke up wanting to die on a daily basis, I didn’t want to live anymore because I was het up by depression so that’s as low as you can go.
“You’re looking at the man who has everything, acclaim, glory, fame, many achievements, a family and everything that goes with it, the trimmings, the gravy and still he isn’t happy. We’re made to believe success is happiness, but that’s very untrue.”
Fury went on to seek helped and lost a staggering 10 stone as he shrunk from a 400lb giant to a slim heavyweight.
He almost reestablished himself as a world champion but was denied victory against Deontay Wilder by the judges who scored their thrilling fight a draw.
He won his two subsequent fights and will challenge Wilder for a second time on Saturday week.
- Tyson Fury: The Gypsy King is available on ITV