Stephen Fry tried to commit suicide last year, he has revealed.He took a cocktail of drugs and vodka so potent that it caused his unconscious body to convulse violently, breaking four of his ribs.
The incident happened while he was filming on location, and he was discovered in his hotel room by the producer, who got him medical help. The QI host spoke publicly about the attempt for the first time when he was a guest on Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Podcast this week.
He said: ‘It was a close-run thing. I took a huge number of pills and a huge amount of vodka. The mixture of them made my body convulse so much that I broke four ribs – but I was still unconscious. Fortunately the producer – I was filming at the time – came into the hotel room and I was found in an unconscious state and taken back and looked after. You may say, “How can anybody who’s got it all be so stupid as to want to end it all?” That’s the point, there is no “why?” That’s not the right question. There is no reason. If there was reason for it, you could reason someone out of it.’
Fry has frequently spoken about his battle with depression, and how he often feels suicidal, and told Herring: ‘Sometimes it’s the expression I imagine on my mother and father’s face – both of whom are alive and happy – that stops me. But there are other occasions when I can’t stop myself, or at least I feel I can’t. I like to think that if I had children I would think harder about doing it, but I know people who have had children who have done it.
His honest confession came in response to the innocuous question from the 12-year-old son of one of producers: ‘What’s it like being Stephen Fry?’
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