Boxer Harry Garside admits he was on the verge of suicide as he opens up on devastating toll of domestic violence allegations
- Harry Garside revealed thoughts on legal ordeal
- Boxer says he thought about taking his own life
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Australian boxing star Harry Garside has opened up about the toll allegations of domestic violence took on him in 2023, revealing he was on the brink of suicide.
Garside, 26, was arrested by NSW Police in dramatic scenes at Sydney Airport as he returned home with his father after appearing on reality TV show I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! earlier last year in South Africa.
Police dropped the charges against the boxer in a Sydney court after his legal team produced video evidence they said showed his ex-girlfriend was the alleged aggressor during an incident on March 1.
Garside steadfastly maintained his innocence throughout the proceedings brought against him.
Garside’s ex-girlfriend was arrested at her Bellevue Hill home later in July and charged with assaulting and intimidating her former partner.
False allegations of domestic violence led to boxer Harry Garside having suicidal thoughts
Garside was accused of domestic violence in 2023, but charges were later dropped
Garside has now spoken about the terrible toll the allegations took on him, revealing his mother was the reason he didn’t take his own life.
‘I feel like I turned into a man last year. It was a real coming of age moment for me,’ he told the Neil Mitchell asks why podcast.
‘I have never considered suicide so much in my life from that period.
‘Being in the public eye… not wanting to leave the house, it was so, so hard. And the added element of trying to show the people around me that ‘I’m fine, I’m fine, I’ll get through this’.
‘(But) it was all just thoughts of not wanting to be here. The only reason I didn’t was my mother. The one day where it wasn’t just thoughts, it became action, it turned out to be Mother’s Day… I just remember thinking how selfish I would be if I did that on that day.
‘I really thought, I’m going to drive my car in… I’m sorry.
“I hate revisiting this stuff. I was going to do something stupid and I just kept reminding myself that it was Mother’s Day.
The Aussie boxing star says his mother is the reason why he is still here today
‘And mum will have to be reminded of that for the rest of her life.
‘That her son is not here and he did it on this day.
‘So I didn’t do it.
“And I’m so thankful that I didn’t… But absolutely, I was in the depths of hell during that period.”
After winning bronze at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, Mr Garside has made it no secret that he is aiming for Australia’s first Olympic gold medal in boxing at the Paris Olympics later this year.
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