Peter Andre's crippling panic attacks
- Bang Showbiz
- 9 March 2010
Peter Andre considered ending his life after suffering crippling panic attacks which made him think he was going to die
Peter Andre considered suicide after suffering crippling panic attacks.
The 'Behind Closed Doors' singer - whose marriage with glamour model Katie Price ended in May last year - admitted the frequent attacks got so bad, he thought about ending his life and credits the love of his family for saving him.
He said: "Did I think about ending my life? You can have thoughts like that and I'm not going to lie, there were times when it was so bad that I thought, 'Am I better off?' But you have to look at what's around you. My family were my entire life and I thought, 'How are they going to live the rest of their lives?' That's what stopped me."
The 36-year-old star ended up in hospital after suffering a breakdown 10 years ago, but this only made him worse because he convinced himself he was even more ill.
He explained to Britain's OK! magazine: "They didn't know what was wrong with me, but they soon realised that all I had was a breakdown.
"There was nothing wrong with me but I started to think this was because of the people around me. One woman in there had been tripping from an acid pill from the 70s. Another guy was in a straight jacket all day long and others had tried to commit suicide."
Despite sometimes still suffering from the panic attacks, the reality TV star - who has children Junior, four, and Princess Tiaamii, two, with Katie - insists he won't let himself fall so low again.
He said: "The last time I had a panic attack was three months after my break-up and the stress just built up and hit me. You think you're having a heart attack. No matter how many times you've had it, every time you think, this is it, I'm going to die.
"Because of my kids these days I can't be anywhere I can't control.
"I won't go back to hospital because I've got children, they need me and I will always be there for them. I will never go back. I've got such a great family."