Masterchef star Gregg Wallace turned to alcohol in a bid to ease the pain of his crippling loneliness during his marriage breakdown with second wife Denise.
The Masterchef star, 56, became dependent on alcohol amid his crumbling marriage and his divorce from his second wife, Denise, in 2005.
After the couple made the decision to sleep in separate bedrooms, Gregg turned to alcohol in a bid to ease the pain of his crippling loneliness.
Eventually, his unhealthy habit became out of control, and he would reach for the nearest bottle of booze from as early as 10am each day.
Opening up about the tough time he experienced, Gregg revealed that he “wanted to die” after binging on alcohol.
The TV star recalled when he drank excessively on one particular occasion.
While setting up for a busy day ahead at work after a huge binge, he left as though he could have just given up then and there, but instead, he had another drink to get him through it.
“I felt like death. All I wanted to do was go somewhere and die,” he told OK! Magazine.
“Yet I ordered a gin and tonic, knocked that back, and felt instantly better. Then I had another one and thought: "Oh, this is an issue."
Gregg put his boozing down to the fact that he was incredibly lonely as he and his wife continued to drift apart from one another.
“I was lonely. Home wasn't great so it was better to get drunk,” he confessed.
Thankfully, the food fanatic found a way out of the dark place and credits his fourth wife Anne-Marie Sterpini for teaching him how to drink in moderation.
Last year, Gregg completely overhauled his lifestyle while in lockdown. The TV chef has been proudly flaunting his new gym-honed body on Instagram after shedding a whopping four-stone since the beginning of 2020.
Gregg recently said that he has never felt more confident and content in himself, and admitted that he feels as though he’s in his twenties again.