McFly bassist Dougie Poynter has revealed that drink and drug problems lead him to attempt suicide in 2011.
• Star tried to kill himself in his car
• Musician describes how life became ‘relentless hell’
The 2011 winner of ITV’s I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! has said that he was treated for depression last year after he hit rock bottom following a split from girlfriend Frankie Sandford.
The 24-year-old tried to asphyxiate himself in his car after a low point in his life, and checked into the Priory for over a month.
Poynter revealed the battle with his demons in a pre-recorded interview on Alan Carr’s Chatty man programme which is due for broadcast tomorrow night on Channel 4.
McFly have this week released their new autobiography Unsaid Things... Our Story, and in the book, Poynter describes how he was sitting on his kitchen floor in February 2011 feeling “the lowest I’d ever been”, unable to talk to his bandmates about his feelings or get to grips with how he could not drink in moderation.
“I was in a mess of my own making and there was no way out,” he said in the book, which was published this week.
“My life had turned into a relentless hell so the only solution was to end it.”
After he had made his decision, he said he did not feel nervous or guilty. “All I remember is an overwhelming sense of relief that I wouldn’t have to wake up the following morning feeling like this.”
Poynter explained that he still does not understand why his suicide bid failed but when he realised it was not working he felt worse than ever.
But it made him determined to seek help and he checked into rehab just days later at the Priory clinic.
After cleaning up, he went on to take part in I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!