I'm A Celebrity Winner Foggy Opens Up On Depression Battle
Former bike-racing champ reveals struggle after injury ended career...
I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here's newly crowned King Of The Jungle Carl Fogarty has been discussing his battle with depression following the end of his motorbike racing career.
The most-successful World Superbike racer of all time, 49-year-old Foggy told The Sun that he had struggled to come to terms with life without his sport.
"For three years I wanted to forget who I was. I was depressed because I could no longer do the thing I was good at," he shared.
"I used to read stuff about Paul Gascoigne and Frank Bruno and I could easily see how they ended up not in a good place.
"Going into my trophy room at home was torture — a constant reminder of what I couldn't do any more.
"You take it out on the person nearest to you, who was my wife. She put up with a lot of s**t if I'm honest and it wasn't until my career was over that she told me."
But he revealed that a terminally ill friend told him to buck his ideas up (not always the best approach for depression btw!).
Foggy says that Mark Winstanley, who died from stomach cancer at 45, gave him the motivation he needed.
"Mark stopped me from whinging about who I was. He said, 'Look at me you f**king d**k, I'm dying and you keep complaining because of who you are'.
"He said to get out there and celebrate what I created for motorcycling, and I think that's why I probably ended up doing the show.
"When he died it left a massive hole, but what he said was kind of the kick up the a**e I needed. This show has come at a really good time for me."