‘I felt like killing myself’
Former Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has today opened up on his family struggles and past suicidal thoughts.
The forward is known for his career for several top clubs and a celebration when playing for Manchester City against former club Arsenal.
Now, still playing in Turkey with Istanbul Basaksehir, Adebayor has revealed he has been driven to suicidal thoughts by his own family.
The reason was due to the financial commitments that they placed on him due to his fame and that he was ‘manipulated’.
“I felt like killing myself so many times. I kept this to myself for years and years,” he explained.
“I am disgusted that things reached this stage, but I feel relieved to have talked about it.”
“My football career will be finished in three or four years. By contrast, my family name will remain with me – together with these people.”
“I have always told my younger brothers that we have been manipulated by our families.”
“I often change my phone number so that my family can’t contact me.”
“They call me, not to ask how I am, but to demand money. That was the case after I injured my hamstring while with Tottenham.”
“They rang me while I was having a scan to ask me if I could pay a kid’s school fees.
“At least ask me first how I am before you do this!”
Togo’s Emmanuel Adebayor has contributed towards more social projects in Ghana than any Ghanaian (Black Stars) footballer. pic.twitter.com/Uheh43zEA9
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Adebayor discusses *that* celebration against Arsenal
Back when the striker was playing in the Premier League, he contributed to one of the most iconic moments in history.
That is because he celebrated in front of the Arsenal fans at the Etihad when playing for Manchester City.
Now, Adebayor has revealed that he was not going to stand for the abuse.
“I wasn’t going to stand there, listening to five thousand people insult my family when they had nothing to do with it,” he explained.
“When I slide on my knees, arms wide in front of the fans, I felt untouchable. People were throwing everything: phone, bottles of water. I never flinched. Everything flew past me. Pew, pew, like in the movies!”