Thursday 27 October 2016

Gazza 'thought Rolex was listening'

Published 06/07/2015 | 00:06

Paul Gascoigne
Paul Gascoigne

Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has revealed he threw a Rolex watch out of the window at the height of his struggle with drugs because he thought it was "listening" to him.

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The star, who played for clubs including Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and Lazio during his career, has fought a very public battle with addiction.

Speaking to Alastair Campbell in GQ, he said he had gone years at a time without a drink but last fell off the wagon in April,l embarking on what he described as "a one-day bender".

He said the height of his cocaine use, a decade ago, was the worst time in his life and described his sense of paranoia as "unbelievable".

He said: " I thought my lighter was listening to us. I had a Rolex and I threw it out the window because I thought it was listening to us."

Gascoigne, who said he prays every day to stay sober, likened being in rehab to his playing days, saying that was the "only time I felt free".

He said: " When I am like this, happy and sober, and I've got my golf and my fishing, they can't touch me. I am happy when I don't have a drink."

:: Read the full interview in the August issue of GQ out on Thursday.

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