Wrestling star Hulk Hogan’s life became so unbearable that he contemplated suicide, he told Oprah Winfrey in an interview for her show, “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” on OWN.
Hogan, 60, told Winfrey he turned his outlook around one New Year’s Eve in Miami, when he came to the sudden realization that his life was not as bad as he thought it was. Or, as he put it: “I got sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
Hogan’s woes revolved around a handful of major setbacks in his personal life. His family reality show, “Hogan Knows Best,” ended its run; his wife, Linda, filed for divorce (it was finalized in 2009); and his son, Nick, was charged and eventually convicted on reckless driving and endangerment charges that landed him in jail for eight months.
“Everything got dark, everything happened at once,” Hogan said. “I was drinking alcohol very heavily. It just all kept piling up, it all kept mounting and mounting I didn’t know how to handle it. I always wondered how could someone possibly take their own life and so I got to that point where I said, ‘You know what, maybe this would be easy. You know, maybe this would be an easy way to fix things’.”
“I was with my family and a bunch of my friends at a table,” he said of the New Year’s Eve that turned his life around. “And there’s a bunch of negativity about the food being bad, you know the champagne didn’t work, even though it was all consumed.
“And when I walked outside, some kid ran up and hugged me and was like, ‘Oh I grew up watching you. I didn’t have a dad, you’re like a dad to me.’ And there was another person that said ‘Hey Hulk, we love you.’
“And I went, ‘Oh my God,’ it was right then. I didn’t understand what was going on, but it hit me that there’s clean air and that there’s dirty air. And once I walked back inside again, I realized I couldn’t take it anymore. I got sick and tired of being sick and tired. I got sick and tired of the hating, the negativity, the verbal abuse, just everything that I was hearing.
“I now realize I had to go through all this stuff to be who I am today, to make me who I am today,” Hogan said.