Deontay Wilder has been battling depression for quite some time now and has finally opened up on how he wanted to kill himself after he gives birth to his first child, Naieya.
Deontay Wilder who is the World Heavyweight champion had his daughter in 2005 with “spina bifida”, a spinal condition that nearly left her unable to walk.
Becoming a father at the of 19 to a child with a health issue, the American boxer said he struggled financially to pay his daughter’s medical bills and this led him to depression. He also said he planned suicide shortly after taking up boxing in 2006.
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.
‘It was very hard being 19, having my first child born with a disorder.
‘We all prayed that our kids are born healthy and when you get a challenge in life, especially when you’re a young adult and trying to go through life and your own path and find your own journey.
‘And then you have a bigger task in front of you and your child needs more love than the normal child and when you’re barely making ends meet when money goes through your hands it goes right through because of bills and other things.
‘You’re going from paycheque to paycheque, I’ve done that, I’ve been there, I know what it feels like.’
Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are to have an extremely anticipated rematch later this month.