Paris Fury on Tysons depression: There were times where I wanted to curl up and forget it all

On the surface, it appears that Paris and Tyson Fury don't have a care in the world.

With millions in the bank – and a beautiful family including children Venezuela, 12, Prince John James, 10, Prince Tyson Fury II, five, Valencia Amber, three, Prince Adonis Amaziah, two and baby Athena, who was born in August – they appear to lead a charmed life.

But two time heavyweight world champion Tyson has been very open about suffering from mental health issues following his first world championships win, when he took the WBA, IBF and WBO belts from Wladimir Klitschko in Germany in 2015.

In an exclusive interview with OK!, Paris has talked candidly about the strain of supporting Tyson through his darkest days as well as looking after their children.

She told us: “It took a lot of strength to be the backbone because Tyson at the time was completely sinking.”

When Tyson's mental health problems were at their worst, Paris was also having to balance pregnancies and raising their children.

Revealing the extent of the trauma she suffered, the mum-of-six said: "It was one of the lowest points.

"At that time, for the full two or three years it was going on, I was pregnant and having children. It was very publicised what Tyson was going through.

"I didn’t even know some of the things that were going on with him. When it went in the newspaper that he was abusing drugs, it was something I was unaware of.

"And then we went through all the times of him having suicidal thoughts. Tyson would come in at times and say, “I’m not going to be here much longer, I can’t take any more.”

Opening up on the coping mechanisms she was forced to learn, Paris says she "stayed strong" to support her man.

She adds: "Even in times when I wanted to leave, I never left. Tyson was only ever a problem to himself. It upset our life together but I tried to hide it from the children and friends, and just keep everything looking smooth."

She also says that there were many moments when she wanted the entire situation to disappear, but the thought of her family kept her going.

"There were times where I wanted to curl up and forget the whole thing but you can’t," she continues. "As a woman, a mother, and a wife, I just felt the need to stay strong."

Paris, who has written a book about her tough experiences, also credits Tyson for battling his demons and coming out the other side stronger.

"He’s done incredibly, too," she says. "The fact that he came back from where he was and went back into boxing, I’m really proud of him."

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