Fresh heartache for Clarke Carlisle; the former footballer has confirmed he has split from his wife Gemma just three months after he attempted to take his own life. "At this point, Gemma and I have separated," the 35-year-old confirmed to TalkSport Radio on Wednesday.
"I have moved out of the marital home because I have to focus on my wellbeing and equally as much Gemma has to do the same. She has to deal with her experiences and the effect that has had on her."
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Clarke Carlisle has confirmed that he and his wife Gemma have separated
The father-of-three, who has been married for 14 years, added, "I am grateful to say that the children are absolutely magnificent. The youngest two are relatively oblivious but I have tried to be as honest as I can be with them and they have accepted that.
"I have told them how you know when you have a tummy ache and you are in pain but no-one else can see it? Well that's exactly what daddy is like – except my pain is in my head. It's called depression and it makes me do silly things, like stepping out in front of a truck. But I have to go and live in this (other) house for a bit so that I can get better."
Troubled former footballer Clarke tried to kill himself on 22nd December, two days after he was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving. He stepped in front of a truck on the A64 near York, and suffered a series of serious accidents which have left him covered in scars.
Clarke Carlisle has been speaking openly about his battle with depression
Earlier this week, Clarke said he "thinks about and prays for" the lorry driver involved in the incident. "I think about him and pray for him every day," he told Good Morning Britain. "I am so sorry to him. I'm so sorry for what my actions will have done to him because it will be equally a traumatic experience for him as it was for me and my family."
Clarke has been battling depression for 15 years – he tried to take his own life in 2001 after turning to heavy drinking and gambling following a serious injury.
He is now speaking publicly about his struggles, and is setting up the Clarke Carlisle Foundation to help dual-diagnosis sufferers battling two conditions at the same time, such as addiction and depression.