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The Independent

Tony Adams says struggling ‘psychological breakdown’ six years in the past led to Strictly stint



Former England footballer Tony Adams says he accepted the problem of Strictly Come Dancing after struggling a “psychological breakdown” and practically dying from a coronary heart drawback six years in the past.

The 55-year-old captained Arsenal and England throughout his skilled profession, profitable 66 caps for his nation and showing at 4 main tournaments.

On account of his experiences with alcoholism and drug habit, he later based Sporting Chance, a charity to assist sportspeople with psychological well being and habit points.

Forward of the collection launch on Friday, Adams recalled how coming near demise spurred him on to hitch the “foolish” BBC One present.

He stated: “I’ve been requested a number of instances. I had a psychological breakdown after I was 49 and dealing too laborious in China and I’ve simply bought time now.

“I’m not working an excessive amount of, my calendar’s fairly empty for the following three months so I simply thought yeah, go for it.

“After my coronary heart process – I practically died after I was 49 – my most important artery was 99% closed and the stress of life.

“I’m a little bit of a born worrier, my mum was a worrier so I simply determined to take issues a bit simpler and get myself on a foolish present.”

Adams stated medical workers for the programme had given him a “thorough examination” and described the manufacturing as “one other stage”.

He added: “My physio was fairly damning as a result of I’ve bought a brand new metallic knee as nicely, she went ‘no knee slides’.

“It was ‘can’t do that, can’t do this’ – she stored saying ‘you’re not superb are you?’. I stated ‘I’m 55 now’.”

Adams was sentenced to 4 months in jail in 1990 for drink driving and stated that have would assist him cope with any crucial suggestions on his dancing.

He joked: “I’m going to prime you all as a result of after I got here out of jail they lobbed bottles at me and I had carrots thrown at me, so I’ve trumped it.”

Strictly Come Dancing launches on Friday September 23 at 7pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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