Damian Grass – Celebrity News Service Reporter
Los Angeles, CA, United States (Celebrity News Service) – Boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya says he thought of committing suicide when he hit “rock bottom” in his dependency on drugs and alcohol.
Three months after he checked himself into rehab, the 38-year-old opened up in a televised interview that aired Tuesday night on Univision about abusing cocaine and alcohol, cheating on his wife, and even considering suicide.
“Rock bottom was recently,” De La Hoya told Teresa Rodriguez of “Aqui y Ahora.” “Within couple of years, just thinking if my life was even worth it. I don’t have the strength, I don’t have the courage to take my own life, but I was thinking about it.”
“My life was a big mess,” he said.
The now-retired boxer, known as “the Golden Boy,” said the drugs and alcohol “took me to a place where I felt safe” and helped him with the loss of his mother, who died of breast cancer in 1990.
“There were drugs, my drug of choice was cocaine and alcohol, hmm. Cocaine was recent. The last two years, last 2½ years and I depended more on the alcohol than the cocaine,” De La Hoya said. “It took me to a place where I felt safe, it took me to a place where I felt as if nobody can say anything to me, it took me to a place where I just can reach out and grab my mom.”
While De La Hoya revealed that he had cheated on his wife of 11 years on several occasions, he said he doesn’t consider himself a sex addict.
“We are obviously not talking a Tiger Woods here, but I was unfaithful,” he said. “It was filling the void of maybe not feeling loved at some point. It was filling the void of not feeling safe.”
De La Hoya and his wife Mille Corretjer have two children together. He also has a daughter, Atiana Cecilia, with former Playboy model Shanna Moakler.
When asked how his wife has been reacting since his recovery, he said: “she’s better. We’re taking one day at a time.
“I don’t want to explain to her anymore that I’m doing well, I want to show her,” he explained. “It’s like they say you have to walk the walk, and that’s what I’m doing. I’m walking the walk.”
Now sober, De La Hoya said he’s calling his recovery “the biggest fight of my life.”
“I can put all of my opponents in one ring and battle all of them, but this monster is going to be the toughest fight of my life,” he said. “But I will be ready.”
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