Stephen Fry 'may well' kill himself
- Bang Showbiz
- 1 June 2011
Stephen Fry ''may well'' kill himself because of his on-going battle with bipolar disorder
Stephen Fry says he "may well" kill himself.
The 'QI' presenter has always been open about his on-going battle with bipolar disorder, and believes people don't realise how serious the disease is, even if someone suffers from a milder form of it.
He said: "It's a morbid condition and any doctor will tell you it is one of the most serious morbid conditions that is present in Britain.
"The fact that I am lucky enough not to have it so seriously doesn't mean that I won't one day kill myself, I may well."
The 53-year-old actor - who opened up about his illness during an interview with Professor Laurie Taylor for 'In Confidence' on Sky Arts - believes he can use his fame to help others who suffer from the condition and wishes more celebrities would do the same, such as journalist Janet Street Porter.
He explained: "One thing that fame gives you that's good, is that you are essentially immune from stigma.
"Stupid people like Janet Street-Porter - who is a friend of mine, but she can be stupid about these things, or at least deliberately provocative - say, 'Oh, why do celebrities bang on about it?' Well, there's a good reason. There are millions out there whose lives are utterly blighted."