Wrestling legend Hulk Hogan and his family—ex-wife Linda, daughter Brooke, and son Nick— were in everyone’s homes with their VH1 reality series, “Hogan Knows Best.”
But, in a new interview with Oprah’s “Where Are They Now?” series on OWN, the 60-year-old is revealing that his formerly picture-perfect life quickly took a turn for the worse. His wife filed for divorce in November 2007, his son was involved in a car accident three months before that left one of his friends critically injured, and their reality show was officially cancelled in late 2007.
The wrestler admitted that the combination of these problems led him to a very dark place, one that made him contemplate ending his life.
“After the show, I kind of hit rock bottom. Everything got dark. Everything happened at once,” he said. “I was drinking alcohol very heavily. It just all kept piling up. It all kept mounting. I didn’t know how to handle it. I always wondered, ‘How could someone take their own life?’ I got to the point where I said, ‘You know what? Maybe this would be easy. Maybe this would be an easy way to fix things.’”
So, how’d he get out of this negative place he was in? He said he credits it all to walking outside after a negative New Year’s Eve dinner in Miami with a few friends and family.
“When I walked outside, some kid ran out and hugged me and was all, ‘I grew up watching you. I didn’t have a dad, and you’re like a dad to me,’” he said. “And there was another person that said, ‘Hey Hulk, we love you.’ And I went, oh my God. It was right then that it really … I didn’t understand what was going on, but it hit me that there was clean air and that there’s dirty air. And I, once I went back inside again, I realized that I couldn’t take it anymore. I got sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
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