Stephen Fry has made what is probably going to be a shocking revelation to many, as he admitted that he attempted suicide after interviewing a “frothing” homophobe back in 2012.
This happened after he filmed a BBC documentary, in which he confronted Uganda’s minister for ethics and integrity, Simon Lokodo. After Lokodo’s vile comments, which included claiming that gay sex is worse than child rape, Stephen nearly overdosed on sleeping pills and alcohol.
This was revealed to us via comments made in the upcoming show The Not So Secret Life of a Manic Depressive: 10 Years On.
Stephen speaks frankly on the events, saying: “I can recall interviewing a Ugandan minister who was a foaming frothing homophobe of the worst kind. It was a very passionate interview and I was very strong in my opinions.”
“I knew I had a bottle of vodka in my room and a whole sponge bag full of Ambien. I paced around trying to analyze what it was that disappeared from me and it seemed that the whole essence of me had disappeared. Everything that was me wasn’t there. Some feeling came over me that this was the end. I just carefully lined up I don’t know how many of those damn pills and drank all the vodka with them.”
“The next thing I remember I was on the floor and an embarrassed member of the hotel is looking down at the carpet from the doorway, saying ‘you have just got to get him to a hospital'”.
When Stephen returned to the UK, he was analysed by his psychiatrist Dr William Shanahan, who nearly had Stephen sectioned but he accepted treatment.
Dr. Shanahan said: “I was worried enough about him to believe he might actually kill himself.”