David Williams opens up about suicide attempts
British comic David Walliams reveals he tried to kill himself four times in his new book.
The 41-year-old was just at the tender age of 12 when he tried to hang himself and tried again with a makeshift noose in 2003. He was also hospitalised after an overdose of painkillers when he was 18, tried slitting his wrists and contemplated ending his life by throwing himself under a train.
In his autobiography, ‘Camp David’ – in which he details the “deep depression that has blighted [his] adult life” – he wrote: “Wanting to die has always been in me.”
A 2003 diary entry documents his most recent suicide attempt, which followed the breakdown of a relationship.
It reads: “Just tried to hang myself. But I knew I didn’t really want to die, I just didn’t want to live. I took my weight with my feet and sat down.
“Earlier, I had come close to stepping in front of a train. I am in total despair.”
He also admits to cutting his throat and wrists with a kitchen knife on New Year’s Day 2003, but adds: ‘The determination wasn’t there.’
The Britain’s Got Talent judge has kept his suicide attempts under wraps until now over fears they would overshadow his career.
Camp David is out next week.
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