This is just so sad.
On Tuesday, it was revealed that Michael Phelps was in an extremely dark place following his DUI bust back in 2014.
In a candid interview with Sports Illustrated, the gold medalist shared:
"I was in a really dark place. Not wanting to be alive anymore."
How scary! It wasn't until the swimmer's arrest that the world truly realized he had a complex relationship with alcohol.
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In fact, many close to the record breaker were extremely concerned for Michael's life.
Phelps' longtime coach Bob Bowman added:
"Honestly, I thought, the way he was going, he was going to kill himself. Not take his own life, but something like the DUI, but worse."
Luckily, the 30-year-old was convinced to enter a rehabilitation program in Arizona for 45 days last year. And it seems that the American athlete has changed for the better — as he's sworn off drinking booze until the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Well that's good to hear.
The Olympian noted:
"Haven't had a single sip and will not have a sip. My body fat has dropped significantly, and I'm leaner than I've ever been."
AH-Mazing! It seems things are going very well in Michael's life currently. The swimming champ even became engaged to his GF Nicole Johnson back in February.
We absolutely can't wait for the EPIC comeback that Phelps has in store for his many fans.
Good luck bud.
[Image via WENN.]
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