Former boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya, is opening up about his infidelity and the drug addiction that ultimately led to him checking into a rehab facility.
In an interview with Univision, De La Hoya admits to abusing alcohol and cocaine and even contemplating suicide.
“I don’t have the courage to take my own life, but I was thinking about it,” De La Hoya said. “There were drugs [as well]. My drug of choice was cocaine and alcohol. Cocaine was recent. The last 2 years, last 2 1/2 years and I depended more in the alcohol than the cocaine. It took me to a place where I felt safe. It took me to a place where I felt as if nobody can say anything to me. It took me to a place where I just can reach out and grab my mom [who died of breast cancer in 1990].”
The Golden Boy CEO also admitted to being unfaithful to his wife of almost ten years, singer Millie Corretjer.
“We are obviously not talking a Tiger Woods here, but I was unfaithful,” De La Hoya admitted.
After undergoing treatment at the Betty Ford clinic in May 2011, De La Hoya is said to be three months sober.
Tiger Woods is on the February 2010 cover of VANITY FAIR magazine wearing a skull cap and no shirt. Here is an excerpt from the article titled “Tiger In The Rough”:
When Tiger Woods finally fell from his pedestal—the car crash, the angry wife, the tales of kinky extramarital sex, the link to a controversial sports doctor—it was one of the greatest recorded drops in popularity of any nonpolitical figure. Given Woods’s impenetrable mask of perfection, and the hints of trouble from one strange glimpse behind it, the revelations were inevitable and very, very costly. Annie Leibovitz catches the icon, pre-scandal, in prophetic isolation, while the author finds the clues in the wreckage.
As you all know, I had a single-car accident earlier this week, and sustained some injuries. I have some cuts, bruising and right now I’m pretty sore. This situation is my fault, and it’s obviously embarrassing to my family and me. I’m human and I’m not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn’t happen again.
This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way. Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible.
The only person responsible for the accident is me. My wife, Elin, acted courageously when she saw I was hurt and in trouble. She was the first person to help me. Any other assertion is absolutely false.
This incident has been stressful and very difficult for Elin, our family and me. I appreciate all the concern and well wishes that we have received. But, I would also ask for some understanding that my family and I deserve some privacy no matter how intrusive some people can be.