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Waleed Aly reveals he often struggles with his high profile career

‘I’ve been to the edge a few times’: The Project’s Waleed Aly reveals his secret battle with anxiety and speaks candidly about the ‘darkest period’ of his life

He’s one of the biggest names on Australian television at the moment, but Waleed Aly has revealed his stellar career regularly causes him a lot of agony.

In an interview with GQ Australia on Sunday, the 40-year-old host of The Project confessed he’s often plagued by crippling anxiety. 

‘I’ve been to the edge a few times,’ he told the publication.

Hard times: Waleed Aly has revealed his stellar career regularly causes him a lot of agony. Pictured at the Logies on the Gold Coast on Sunday

‘Not in the form of clinical depression but certainly I’ve felt pressure so extreme it weighs me down and leaves me unable to work. 

‘The great irony in my case is that my lowest points personally coincide with what are supposedly my greatest professional successes.’

Waleed confessed a particular low point came right after he won the coveted Gold Logie back in 2016.  

Dark days: Speaking to GQ Australia, Waleed confessed a particular low point came right after he won the coveted Gold Logie back in 2016. Pictured with his award at the Logies in Melbourne in May 2016

Dark days: Speaking to GQ Australia, Waleed confessed a particular low point came right after he won the coveted Gold Logie back in 2016. Pictured with his award at the Logies in Melbourne in May 2016

‘It was the darkest period of my life,’ he said, while also acknowledging that professionally it was a career highlight. 

‘Behind the scenes I was completely knackered, not having a breakdown… broken.’

Waleed confessed he often struggles with his celebrity status, and said he still feels like an ‘outsider’ in the realm of television.

Pressures: 'I've been to the edge a few times,' he told GQ Australia. 'Not in the form of clinical depression but certainly I’ve felt pressure so extreme it weighs me down and leaves me unable to work.' Pictured at the Logies on the Gold Coast on Sunday

Pressures: ‘I’ve been to the edge a few times,’ he told GQ Australia. ‘Not in the form of clinical depression but certainly I’ve felt pressure so extreme it weighs me down and leaves me unable to work.’ Pictured at the Logies on the Gold Coast on Sunday

Impostor syndrome: Waleed confessed he often struggles with his celebrity status, and said he still feels like an 'outsider' in the realm of television

Impostor syndrome: Waleed confessed he often struggles with his celebrity status, and said he still feels like an ‘outsider’ in the realm of television

He said he feels much more at home in the world of academia, and admitted he suffers from ‘impostor syndrome’.

But according to The Project’s executive producer Craig Campbell, Waleed’s concerns are often justified, given the amount of trolling he receives.

Speaking to GQ, Craig revealed Waleed is often on the receiving end of death threats, and regularly needs security beefed up around him.

Irony: 'The great irony in my case is that my lowest points personally coincide with what are supposedly my greatest professional successes,' he said. Pictured at the Logies on the Gold Coast on Sunday

Irony: ‘The great irony in my case is that my lowest points personally coincide with what are supposedly my greatest professional successes,’ he said. Pictured at the Logies on the Gold Coast on Sunday

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