Rugby referee Nigel Owens: ‘I nearly killed myself as I came to terms with being gay’

Rugby referee Nigel Owens yesterday told how he almost killed himself as he struggled with his sexuality.

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Owens was one of the first people to come out in the world of rugby as gay and he said it was a huge challenge for him to accept who he is.

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He spoke of his suicide attempt, at 26, when he climbed up a mountain near his home and took an overdose of paracetamol.

Speaking to Irish radio he said: “I went through some difficult times in my life, I went through some bad states that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.

“I did something one night that I will regret for the rest of my life.

“I left a note for my mum and dad and said that I wasn’t able to carry on with my life anymore and walked out of the house.

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