Frank Bruno has revealed that it was ‘very, very nice’ to have the opportunity to openly discuss mental health with fellow boxing icon and bipolar disorder victim Tyson Fury.
Earlier this month Frank, 59, sat down with Tyson, 33, to discuss his battle with mental health, and during an interview on Good Morning Britain on Monday, about his conversation with Frank by presenter Susanna Reed. I was asked.
Susanna asked him ‘how was the conversation’, Frank replied: ‘It was very, very good. It’s good to toss it.’
Candidate: Frank Bruno, 59, has revealed that he had the opportunity to openly discuss mental health with fellow boxing icon Tyson Fury, 33.
The Sporting star elaborated: ‘Sometimes in summer you go through mental health, but in winter you go through mental health differently.
‘You get slack, you get good days, you get bad days. It’s good to talk to people with bipolar – or whatever you have – jump up and take it off your plate.’
Frank concluded: ‘The best thing you can do is talk to others.’
In a video released this month, Frank and Tyson open up about their mutual struggles with mental health, and Bruno shared that they split during the first lockdown in June 2020.
Opening up: Susanna asked him ‘how was the conversation’, Frank replied: ‘It was very, very good. It’s good to throw it’
But he declared himself healthy again, saying: ‘It is very important to speak about mental health. Lots of people are in trouble. They get scared when they are in trouble, they don’t tell anyone they are going through it because there are a lot of bad guys out there who can be very, very bad.
‘It’s good to have a chat and get it off your plate and explain it to people. Please don’t feel bad, come up to someone, talk to someone.
‘It’s great that Tyson talks so openly. He is talking seriously and is honest. He is not giving it water. He is speaking from the heart.
The sports star elaborates: ‘Sometimes in summer you go through mental health, but in winter you go through mental health differently’
Sit-down chat: Earlier this month Frank sat down with Tyson to discuss his battle with mental health
The former boxer, who has bipolar disorder, was taken by police to the Luton and Central Bedfordshire Hospital mental health unit on June 28, 2020, and remained there for six weeks after concerns over his safety grew, Sun reported earlier this month.
According to the outlet, Frank said: ‘This has been the hardest and most terrifying time of my life. I hit rock bottom and broke down.
Frank, who struggled after leaving boxing, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1998 and split for the first time in 2003.
The father of four children, who was divorced from wife Laura in 2001, said: ‘For my own safety and the safety of others, I was dismembered and taken back to the hospital. I faced the fact that my illness had returned after years of keeping a lid on it. I had to fight for my conscience and at times I was afraid that I would not be able to recover from it.’
Image: Frank Bruno takes on Mike Tyson for the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles on February 25, 1989 in Las Vegas
Bruno also said that being forced to stay at home under lockdown feels ten times more scary than entering the ring for a boxing match.
He said that all the routine and structure of his life disappeared when the lockdown was imposed, resulting in him feeling like a prisoner in his own home.
However, friends and family began to worry about his safety after he began training heavily at the gym – with the intention of arranging boxing matches.
Additionally, Bruno asked his agent to transfer £60,000 so that he could buy a car worth only a third of that value.
Following his stint in the hospital, Bruno is now on medication – and he’s set to reveal a more detailed account of his battle in a book…