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Hatton: I wanted to kill myself

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Ricky Hatton announced his retirement in November last year © PA Photos
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Troubled Ricky Hatton has admitted he is visiting a psychiatrist as he battles depression which drove him to thoughts of suicide.

Former world champion Hatton, who retired last November, saw his career affected by alcohol and drug addiction and still seeks regular counselling.

"I see a psychiatrist once a month," Hatton says in his new book War and Peace: My Story.

"It took me so long to go to someone and say, 'my head's in bits. I feel depressed. I want to kill myself'."

Hatton, 35, also reveals in his autobiography that at one time he wanted to slit his wrists.

"It was nearly too late for me," he adds.

"I think if more people who suffer from depression just swallow their pride and say, 'Listen, I need help. Someone give me a hug. Someone talk to me,' it would help.

"I'm not scared of admitting that now because when I did finally realise that I had to admit it, I think that's why I'm still here.

"Someone who is considered as a fighter, as someone who never took a backward step, never backed down from any opponent, to turn around and be crying every night to his friends and being in the house wanting to slit his wrists."

Hatton's autobiography also covers the rift over money that tore apart his relationship with his parents, who he has not spoken to in three years.

"People say, 'Your parents are still your parents and you should never fall out over money,'" says Hatton.

"Well life isn't like that."

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