Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has opened up on his battle with depression. According to Wilder, he almost ended his life following the birth of his first child, Naieya.
Wilder said after his daughter was born in 2005 with spina bifida, a spinal condition that nearly left her unable to walk, he said he struggled financially to pay his daughter’s medical bills and this led him to depression.
He went on to say after he took up boxing in 2006, he almost ended his own life.
Speaking with BT Sport, the 34-year-old said: ‘The lowest moment for me in my life was years and years and years ago, I think when my daughter was first born back in 2005.’
‘But in 2006 it became very rocky for me, to the point where I lost my family, to the point where I had a gun in my lap and I was ready to commit suicide myself.
‘Those thoughts come to your head – we’re all human. Those thoughts come to anyone’s head that is going through some type of depression or going through different things in your lives.
‘You think the only way to end all of this is to end your life. You are not thinking about anyone else, you’re just thinking about yourself and what’s going on.”