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Back injury left me suicidal -- Clooney

HOLLYWOOD heartthrob George Clooney has revealed how he contemplated suicide several years ago after suffering a back injury.

The actor (50) admitted that he was in such agony after injuring his back on the set of his award-winning film Syriana, that he contemplated taking his own life.

The Ocean's Eleven star said he wanted to end it all when he was lying in hospital in 2005.

He explained that he had tried to ease the pain by drinking heavily when the accident happened but was unsuccessful.

Recalling the injury, Clooney claimed it was so severe that spinal fluid even came out of his nose at one point.

Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine, the Oscar winner said: "I was at a point where I thought, 'I can't exist like this. I can't actually live.'

"I was lying in a hospital bed with an IV in my arm, unable to move, having these headaches where it feels like you're having a stroke, and for a short three-week period, I started to think, 'I may have to do something drastic about this'... but I never thought I'd get there.

"See, I was in a place where I was trying to figure out how to survive."

Clooney underwent surgery which alleviated the pain considerably.

However, the star says he still suffers headaches, although they are nowhere near as bad as before.



Pampered

He underwent further treatment this autumn and had to pull out of the lead role in Steven Soderbergh's The Man from U.N.C.L.E. over concerns that the stunt work would further aggravate his condition.

In the interview, insisted that he was not a pampered male celebrity.

He said he was the "least metrosexual cat you've ever met" who cut his own hair and never had his nails tended to.

Clooney, who is currently starring in Irish cinemas in Ides of March, did not comment on his personal relationships.

He split up with long-term girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis, an Italian model, earlier this year, and is said to be dating former WWE wrestler Stacy Keibler.

"I might have a girlfriend, but I'm never going to talk about it. I get one thing to keep to myself," he said.

However, he did admit that he had lost his virginity at just 16 years old, which he said was "young, very young, too young".

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