Tyson Fury Admits Cocaine Use Was To Help Battle Depression

"​It's been a witch hunt ever since I won that world title​."

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After briefly retiring from the sport on Monday and telling the world to 'suck a dick', heavyweight boxing champion has vowed to return to the ring, while adimitting that he took cocaine to help deal with bipolar disorder.

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Fury, who last month pulled out of a proposed 29 October rematch with Wladimir Klitschko amidst a positive drug test for compounds found in cocaine, has revealed his struggle with mental illness and dealing with prejudice over his traveller background.

"It's been a witch-hunt ever since I won that world title," he told Rolling Stone. "Ever since I got a bit of fame for doing good there's been a witch-hunt on me because of my background, because of who I am and what I do, there's hatred for travellers and gypsies around the world. Especially in the United Kingdom."

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Speaking on the cocaine allegations,  Fury said: "Listen, I've done a lot of things in my life. I've done lots of cocaine. Lots of it. Why shouldn't I take cocaine? It's my life, isn't it? I can do what I want. Yeah, I have done cocaine. Plenty of people have done cocaine as well. What the fuck has that got to do with anything? That ain't a performance-enhancing drug."

"Am I not allowed to have a life now as well? Do they want to take my personal life off me, too? I've not been in a gym for months. I've not been training. I've been going through depression. I just don't want to live any more, if you know what I'm saying. I've had total enough of it. They've forced me to the breaking edge. Never mind cocaine. I just didn't care. I don't want to live any more. So cocaine is a little minor thing compared to not wanting to live any more."

He finished by saying: "I stopped it all on the first of the month. I'm trying to forget about it all. I'm putting boxing behind me, the drinking, the drugs, just getting back in the church and right with God. Cause that's all that matters with me. This is me first and last interview. I just want time alone with my family, I'm going through a lot of personal demons, I've got demons on me, I'm trying to shake them all off. I want a normal life. I don't want to box any more, I don't want it no more."

While controversy has clung to the crude, brash and frequently offensive Tyson Fury since he burst onto the world stage, there aren't many athletes of his profile who would speak so frankly about mental health and insecurities, and for that he deserves respect.