Alfie Boe talks about fighting depression after separation from wife

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Alfie opened up about her battle with depression on Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof ​​(Photo: Getty / Rex)

Alfie Boe has revealed that he almost took his own life and spent five weeks in rehab after sharing with his wife almost two years ago.

The 48-year-old singer has opened up to suffering from depression after separating from his wife Sarah, whom he married in 2004 and shares two children with.

Alfie talked about an upcoming episode of Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof, where celebrities take part in endurance challenges, admitting that he was a ‘really dark place’ after their separation in August 2020.

He emotionally revealed that he spent five weeks in a rehab center after taking an overdose, but is now talking about it so he can help others.

According to The Mirror, Alfie says: ‘When my separation first happened, I went into a really dark place.

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The tenor opened up about his depression battle (Photo: S Meddle / ITV / REX)

‘It’s weird to talk about, I’ve not talked about it in public, but I’m willing to do it if it can help someone out there who needs it.

‘I had gone through beating myself up and hating myself and having no love for myself, and it resulted in a foolish act of throwing some pills down my throat because I was lost.’

He added that he ended up in a rehab facility for five weeks, saying “it was a scary time.”

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Alfie and Sarah formed a bond in 2004 and have two children together (Photo: Getty)

While holding back the tears, Alfie added that he still misses his wife. “Even though we are close and we are friends, it is not the same,” he said.

The emotional chat is shared with his Freeze the Fear co-stars, including ex-footballer Patrice Evra and Strictly Come Dancing star Diane Buswell.

The series sees eight celebrities tested to the extreme in the Italian Alps, guided by Wim – a motivational speaker extreme and athlete known for his ability to withstand sub-zero temperatures – along the way.

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Across the six-part series, the celebrities will live together in a tent village surrounded by snow and test themselves – both physically and mentally – with challenges such as walking barefoot in the snow and icy showers.

During the series debut, Wim explained that he was overwhelmed with anxiety after his first wife Marivelle-Maria died of suicide in 1995, but quickly learned to control his emotions.


The adventurer revealed that his own wife’s suicide left him paralyzed by fear (Photos: BBC)

“If you’re able, on purpose, to step out of comfort, you’re getting real power – it’s really comforting,” he began.

‘I needed it when I lost my wife 27 years ago. At two in the morning, she kissed her children goodbye before jumping down from eight floors. What is a mental state?

‘This was a beautiful woman, and suddenly this darkness came in, and boys, I was left crushed, crushed. I always did jumps everywhere, the wildest most extreme. I would climb without gear.

“My life was completely paralyzed. I was scared inside me. ‘

Freeze fear with Wim Hof airs Tuesdays at 9pm on BBC One.

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