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.
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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