Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps has admitted that he ‘didn’t want to be alive’ after he was busted driving under the influence of alcohol for a second time.
Speaking to Sports Illustrated Magazine, the 30-year-old revealed that he was in an extremely dark place after police pulled him over in September 2014, registering a blood-alcohol level of .14, nearly twice the legal limit.
“I was in a really dark place …not wanting to be alive anymore.” “I look back now… and realise I lived in a bubble for a long time,” he said.
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Phelps revealed that he was so embarrassed that he didnt leave his Baltimore home for four days.
After his arrest, with the support of his family and friends, Phelps entered into an in-patient treatment program for alcohol abuse, stating that it was the “most afraid I’ve ever felt in my life”.
However it all paid off for the star swimmer, with him emerging as a ‘new man’ with sights on another run at history in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“I’m back to being the little kid who once said anything is possible.” “You’re going to see a different me than you saw in any of the other Olympics,” he told the sports magazine.
Phelps also revealed that he plans to wed fiancee Nicole Johnson following the Rio Games – awww.