Michael Phelps’ wife confesses that she is afraid of losing him because of her depression
Nicole, the Michael Phelps wife, has revealed in an interview to Today, the fear you have of losing her husband to depression that has been with him for years. He has recounted a particularly hard moment. It happened a year ago when news of Kobe Bryant’s passing in a helicopter crash. “After Vanessa lost Kobe, all I could do was look at Michael and say, ‘Can we help you? Because if I lose you, I don’t know what I’m going to do,” she remembers.
The Depressive episodes remain latent in Michael Phelps’ life. In an interview on CBS in April 2018, he acknowledged that he thought about taking his own life several times after competing, every four years, in the Olympics. The winner of 23 Olympic golds (28 medals in total) also continued, a few months later on CNN, how was the treatment he underwent for his problems with alcohol.
Phelps relates that bottoms out after the 2012 London Olympics, when he first announced his withdrawal from the competition. “There was a part of me that didn’t want to be alive,” she recalled.
He returned in 2014, but was suspended that same year for six months by the American Swimming Federation for driving under the influence of alcohol. Phelps recovered and earned his ticket to the Olympic Games in Rio. There he won six medals (five gold). Before the olympic appointment he secretly married Nicole in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
The depression it has always been there. He has never left. During the confinement by the coronavirus pandemic, became dormant again. “I’ve had some scary ups and downs. This disease never goes away. The story has always been the same: ‘Michael Phelps has had depression, has gotten over it after undergoing treatment, has collected a range of Olympic golds in Ro and now everything is perfect.’ I wish it were true. To believe that is to fall into ignorance, “he confessed.
Nicole has accepted that she cannot prevent these episodes from returning to her husband’s life: “I just thought I could fix it, be his therapist, what he needs. But what I’ve learned is that you can’t take responsibility for how he feels, no matter how much you love him.”
It has also revealed how your children are the best treatment for those bad times. “Guys want to be around Michael when he’s having a hard day. They want to try and make him happy, especially Boomer because he’s the oldest. So we’ll say, ‘Hey Booms, Dad is having a hard time and he just needs to take a moment to be alone.’ We want Boomer to understand that it’s not about him, it’s about Michael. “
Nicole has put herself in the hands of a therapist. “It is helping me with everything. It is a support for me, but more than anything, therapy gives me the tools to be able to help Michael properly.”