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McFly bassist discusses attempted suicide

By | Published on Thursday 11 October 2012


Dougie Poynter has revealed that he attempted suicide in February 2011, before his previously reported admission into rehab the following month.

The McFly bassist seemingly attempted to end his life in a fume-filled car as he battled with drink and drug addiction. But the suicide attempt failed, and the musician managed to overcome his demons in rehab, returning to the stage later the same year, and going on to win the 2011 series of ITV reality show ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’.

Poynter reveals more about that period in his life in a new combined autobiography by the band, ‘Unsaid Things… Our Story’, that is out this week. And he spoke candidly about the experience on Alan Carr’s Channel 4 chat show, reportedly “drawing gasps” from the audience.

According to The Mirror, Carr, after noting that Poynter had seemed different the last time he was on the comedian’s TV show (during that period), asked if he felt better once he wrote about the suicide attempt. The bassist replied: “It’s always good to reflect on that sort of stuff. I’m in a really, really good place now. It is quite easy to forget. It’s quite therapeutic to go back, quite scary and a bit of an eye opener into how dark it can get if you take your foot off the gas and stop looking after yourself”.