The Living Room’s Barry Du Bois has opened up about his battle with depression in a new interview.
Speaking to Stellar, the 57-year-old cancer survivor credited his wife, Leonie Tobler, for getting him out of the ‘dark’ place.
The TV personality said that his struggles started after he lost his mother to breast and bowel cancer in 2004.
‘I was dark’: The Living Room’s Barry Du Bois has opened up about his battle with depression
Things got worse after Leonie was diagnosed with cervical cancer, after a miscarriage following a gruelling IVF process.
‘I was dark,’ he said. ‘I don’t think I ever really considered taking my own life, but I didn’t want to be Baz anymore.’
He continued: ‘I just wanted to leave my world and become a wanderer, to go places where people didn’t know me. Leonie could see me spiralling. She told me I wasn’t the guy she knew.’
‘Leonie could see me spiralling’: Barry credited wife Leonie Tobler (pictured) for saving him
Battle: Barry fought cancer in 2010, and was then diagnosed for a second time in 2017
The star then sought help after being pushed by his wife, which led him on a path to recovery.
Barry is now an ambassador for R U OK?, a mental health charity.
The designer, who was first diagnosed with plasmacytoma myeloma in 2010, broke the devastating news of his second cancer diagnosis on The Living Room in October last year.
Fighting: He revealed his cancer is much more aggressive than his previous diagnosis, but remained optimistic he would win his fight once again
He revealed his cancer is much more aggressive than his previous diagnosis, but remained optimistic he would win his fight once again.
‘In the medical world, I am on the exit off the freeway, there is no doubt about that,’ he told the panel.
‘I have always backed myself and I will back myself on this and I will have the support to win it… I have the support of my family and my beautiful friends around me.’
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‘I have the support of my family and my beautiful friends around me,’ he said