Grant Hackett has broken his silence after his very public breakdown, saying he will be seeking help for his mental health issues.
The Olympic Champion has been in hiding since he was arrested at his parent’s Gold Coast home last Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the 36-year-old released a statement, thanking his family for their support through what he described as the “toughest week” of his life.
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“They have been amazing and have now stood by me through thick and thin – I can’t say enough about them – I could not wish for better parents,” Hackett said.
“The support I have received from so many people in Australia and around the world has also been incredible.
“I wish I could reply to every single message or well wish I’ve had, which is impossible at present, as I’m so grateful for each and every one of them.”
Hackett said he’s also patched things up with his brother, Craig, who he last week accused of assaulting him in a bizarre Instagram post, which has since been taken down.
The selfie, which showed him sporting a black eye, had been posted a day after his dramatic arrest.
He alleged his older brother Craig was an “angry man” who had beaten him up.
“My brother and I have reconnected and love each other very much – our family has always been our priority,” Hackett said.
Hackett also asked for privacy as he begins seeking help for his issues.
“This is a very private matter that I am going through and I am going to work my way through it,” he said.
“I would appreciate it if everyone would allow me and my family to do everything we need to do.
“I know I have some mental health issues and I am seeking help here in Australia and I will be also going overseas.”