Eddie Hall’s battle with drink, drugs and depression which saw him expelled at 13

Former World’s Strongest Man Eddie Hall bared it all in an emotional podcast during which he talked about his psychological struggles during childhood. Eddie was in conversation with fellow World’s Strongest Man winner Brian Shaw on the Shaw Strength podcast.

During the chat he talked about being prescribed antidepressants at the age of 13 and being expelled from school after engaging in drug and alcohol abuse. At the time he was an incredibly talented swimmer with the potential to become an Olympian.

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After his grandmother was diagnosed with cancer, Eddie, of Clayton, says he fell into depression and struggled with anxiety. While his friends were at school, he says he remembers sitting across from a psychiatrist “trying to put my life back together.”

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“It was a really tough time in my life,” he said on the podcast. “These two years have been so miserable, locked in my room alone, I have ‘I want to kill myself’ thoughts on a daily basis.

“Fast forward to about 15, and it was my mom who sat me down one day, and you could see from the outside, all eyes on the outside could see I was having a blast. And my mom sat me down and was like, ‘What are you going to do? You can’t go on like this, you can’t stay in your room all day, you can’t go to school, you can’t get a job.

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A young Eddie Hall, front left, in 2000

“You have to get up and get on with your life.” And from whatever conclusion we came to, we decided I was going to the gym. So, instead of staying home all day, enjoying your PlayStation and whatever, join the gym.”

Years later, after much hard work and determination, Eddie got his life back together and was named the World’s Strongest Man in 2017.

He added, “I was hanging out with guys who took me under their wings really quickly, guys in their 50s, 60s, 70s, older guys who’d been lifting weights and bodybuilding for 40 or 50 years. That was where my life got back on the road.”

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