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“He came home all teared up and told me he was se­ri­ously go­ing to ram the car off the road. I felt hurt for him, but I wasn’t shocked.

“I think there were a few times he felt that way. I said to him, ‘ It’s not ac­cept­able to do some­thing like that’.

“He was very upset and cry­ing, but ev­ery­thing seemed to start to lift from there. I think it had come to the point where he had to make a choice.”

Days later – on Hal­loween – the star sud­denly de­cided to quit booz­ing and de­clared he was re­turn­ing to the ring.

“That night he’d gone out drink­ing in a skele­ton cos­tume,” says Paris. “But he came back home early at about 10pm and said, ‘I don’t want to do that any more. I don’t want to be out there. I was walk­ing around that bar feel­ing a fool’.

“Then he went up­stairs, took the cos­tume off and said ‘I’m not drink­ing any more. I’m go­ing to start box­ing again’. And he did.”

Tyson started train­ing full-time and the cou­ple’s fourth child Va­len­cia was born on De­cem­ber 4 last year – join­ing Venezuela, 9, Prince John James, 7, and two-year-old Prince Tyson Luke.

“It was re­ally hard for him to get back to fit­ness,” says Paris. “The first time he went for a run he came back and said, ‘I can’t run at all, I can barely walk’. I watched him train and lose the weight. It’s amaz­ing what he’s done.”

Tyson fi­nally found the courage to seek help from doc­tors and find the root cause of his prob­lems.

Paris says: “They sent him for coun­selling. He went by him­self but he would come back and talk to me about it. He was pre­scribed anti-de­pres­sants but never took them. The im­por­tant thing was be­ing di­ag­nosed. I’d ad­vise any­one to do the same.


“Now he speaks out about his men­tal health. He’s told me, ‘If I can help one per­son I’ll be happy. I don’t want any­one to go through what I have’.”

“He had two years in the gut­ter, fight­ing him­self. Now he’s de­fied the odds again.”

Re­call­ing last week­end’s epic fight she says: “It was the worst ex­pe­ri­ence ever. I’ve seen Tyson go down in a cou­ple of his pre­vi­ous fights, but nor­mally he’s straight back up.

“This was the first time it seemed he was stay­ing down, but he beat the count and charged straight in. I went to the dress­ing room af­ter­wards and hugged him, say­ing ‘Don’t let go of me just for a minute’.

And now, Paris hopes, Tyson has also beaten the count in his mind for good. “I’m just so happy to see him back do­ing what he does,” she says. “I’ve got my hus­band back.”

Tyson didn’t want to get up in the morn­ing. He couldn’t see the point in liv­ing


STAY­ING THE DIS­TANCE Paris stood by trou­bled Tyson DOT­ING DAD He hid his ill­ness from his chil­dren CLINCHER Tyson found courage to seek help from doc­tors

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