Carl Fogarty's dying friend helped him beat depression
- Bang Showbiz
- 9 December 2014
Carl Fogarty has revealed his best friend Mark Winstanley helped him to beat his depression before dying of stomach cancer
Carl Fogarty's dying friend helped him beat depression.
The new King of the 'I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!' jungle has confessed he became a shadow of his former self when he retired from motorbike racing but claims his best pal Mark Winstanley - who lost his battle with stomach cancer aged 45 - told him to "stop moaning" and make the most of his life.
He said: "Mark stopped me from whinging about who I was. He said, 'Look at me you f*****g d**k, I'm dying and you keep complaining because of who you are'.
"He said to get out there and celebrate what I created for motorcycling and I think that's why I probably ended up doing the show.
"When he died it left a massive hole, but what he said was kind of the kick up the a**e I needed. This show has come at a really good time for me."
The 49-year-old former World Superbike champion has also admitted he never really enjoyed his racing career and regrets taking it out on his wife Michaela - with whom he has daughters Danielle, 23, and Claudia, 20.
Carl told The Sun newspaper: "All my mates who raced really enjoyed racing, but I never did. I enjoyed winning but for such a small amount of time.
"I now realise winning had become an unhealthy obsession. The more I won, the more I had to win, it was crazy. I created a monster, it was horrible. But that person has gone now and I can enjoy this."