BRONSON’S EX: MY SUICIDE BID
Abuse over bitter split led Paula to overdose
CHARLES Bronson’s wife Paula Williamson tried to kill herself after receiving abuse over her split from the convict, we can reveal.
Now in recovery, Paula told the Daily Star Sunday she necked dozens of pills, washed down with nearly two bottles of wine in a desperate attempt to block out the pain after months of vile messages.
The former Coronation Street star, 38, has checked in to the £300-a-night Clouds House rehab facility in Salisbury, Wilts.
Paula said that her overdose attempt two weeks ago, which is the third time she has tried to commit suicide, was the wake-up call she needed to get help.
Speaking exclusively to this paper from the facility, she said: “I really hit rock bottom. I remember being at home and thinking, ‘what’s the point carrying on’.
“I was getting so much abuse over Charlie that I couldn’t cope. Awful nasty messages from people who don’t know me, which I didn’t deserve.
“Plus I was really hurting from being dumped the way I was and watching Charlie move on so easily. I just needed to escape.
“I took a bunch of pills and drank a lot of wine. It’s all very blurry now, but I didn’t care if I didn’t come back.”
Paula passed out, but thankfully came around on her living room floor several hours later.
The actress, who suffers from depression, anxiety and borderline personality disorder, thinks her 10-year drink and drug addiction, plus the fact that she has been taking so many pills for the last decade, saved her life.
Paula, who married Bronson, last November, added: “I suppose in some strange way I have my addiction to thank for the fact I survived.
“I’ve been taking so many pills for so long that I’ve built up a tolerance. If it had been anyone else they probably wouldn’t have made it.
“It was a wake-up call. I knew I needed to do something because the next time it will be one pill too many.
“Charlie once said if I didn’t get help I’d be dead by 40 and he’s right. I can’t carry on the way I have been doing.”
Paula, who is on a six-week detox programme, said she has been taking six different prescription medications every day for years, including diazepam, xanax, mirtazapine and tramadol.
She first revealed her battle with drink and drugs on ITV’s Loose
Women in July after Bronson said he was divorcing her. The news came after pictures emerged of Paula on holiday in Tenerife, with men placing their heads in her chest and also allegedly kissing her.
Paula married the 65-year-old lag at HMP Wakefield, west Yorks – where he was serving an indefinite sentence – with just a handful of friends as witnesses.
The notorious prisoner, who has been in and out of jail since 1974, is now in a close supervision centre cell at HMP Frankland in County Durham.
During their brief marriage Paula fought tirelessly to get Bronson, below, released.
Now, she says she feels used. Paula said: “I loved Charlie and I would have done, and did, anything for him.
“I think he did love me in a way, but I also think I was a very useful person for him on the outside. I was more like his personal secretary than a wife.
“Despite that, I don’t regret marrying him and I wish him well.
“But now I must focus on getting myself better.”
■ON THE MEND: Paula checked in to Clouds House facility
■ NOTORIOUS: Bronson wed Paula at HMP Wakefield