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http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article2087660.ece

 

TROUBLED Paul Gascoigne has told The Sun of his nightmare 2008 during which his drink and drug addiction catapulted him to the brink of death.

 

And Gazza — currently trying to stitch his life back together in a rehab clinic — confessed: “This is my last chance.

 

“My mate Jimmy Five Bellies says I’ve got more lives than a cat and he’s right. But this is my last one.”

 

The former soccer idol — sectioned TWICE after booze and drug binges — added: “2008 was a terrible time for me, my worst year ever.

 

“The drink and drugs nearly killed me, not once but a few times.

 

“And getting sectioned was the worst thing ever. A little bit of me died when I went in there and I am never going back.

 

“The difference this time is I know what I have got to do. I know I can never drink again otherwise it will kill me.”

 

The ex-Spurs and England superstar opened his heart about his struggle as he was engulfed by a row over a Channel 4 documentary to be aired on Monday.

 

The Cutting Edge programme Saving Gazza shows his ex-wife Sheryl travelling to Portugal last year as he tried to kick the booze.

 

Producers originally approached Gazza, 41, about making a film about his recovery.

 

He was initially keen on the idea but as his interest waned the focus turned to his family’s struggle to live with an addict.

 

Gazza blasted Channel 4 chiefs for allowing his 12-year-old son Regan to attack him on the show.

 

And he laid part of the blame at the door of Sheryl, 43 — saying she was more interested in making a TV film than helping him.

 

But SHE insisted the programme was made with Gazza’s consent and it was him who agreed to Regan’s appearance. In an astonishing outburst, the boy says:

 

If I could wish, I would wish that he would go away from us. He’s probably going to die soon.

 

Everyone thinks he’s Gazza but because he’s the top player doesn’t mean he’s a good dad or good person to be with, does it really?

 

I don’t think there’s any point in helping him.

 

He’s my dad. He should have helped and seen me all these years.

 

I don’t want to waste all my tears on him.

 

I feel bad and sorry for him because he’s in this kind of state but it’s not our fault.

 

Angry Gazza said: “I can’t believe Sheryl has let our son be used on television in this way.

 

“And it is beyond belief that a TV documentary has allowed an interview with a kid of 12 to be broadcast like this.

 

“How can a 12-year-old understand the things I’ve gone through? He is 12 for God’s sake.

 

“I don’t blame him one bit. He is my son and I love him and I always will.

 

“This is all down to Sheryl. She has turned him against me and his mind is now poisoned against me.”

 

He added: “If she hates me that much, why is she still called Gascoigne? Because the name Gascoigne is a bonus for her, that’s why.

 

“I’m not going to watch the programme. It’s a disgrace to use a child like that.

 

“If Sheryl was so interested in saving me then why did she come all the way out to Portugal as part of making a TV show?

 

“Would it not have been better to have ‘saved Gazza’ without a camera crew in tow?”

 

Sheryl’s other children Bianca, 19, and Mason, 22, also feature in the documentary.

 

Gazza claimed she wanted to use the show to promote Bianca’s career as a model.

 

He said of his ex: “Walking into that wine bar and meeting her all those years ago was the most expensive drink I’ve ever had.

 

“It has cost me about £17million over the years. She landed one of the biggest lottery wins ever when I walked into that wine bar.

 

“I paid maintenance for two kids who weren’t mine and the family lives in a £1.6million house. Yet they throw all this at me.”

 

But a friend of Sheryl insisted Gazza was not telling the whole truth about the show.

 

The pal said: “Paul was offered the chance of making the documentary and he agreed without even consulting Sheryl.

 

“Not only did he agree for Regan to appear but he is filmed next to his son. At one point he handed a camera to Regan so he could film his dad.

 

“Regan has been through a lot and wanted to speak for himself and Paul did not object.

 

“Cutting Edge producers asked Sheryl to be interviewed, but she flatly refused because she does not want to get into a public slanging match with Paul.

 

“At the end of the day it won’t do anyone any good and her primary concern is Regan.”

 

Gazza’s best pal Jimmy “Five Bellies” Gardner, 46, revealed the fallen idol was still supporting the family financially last year despite all his problems — and had given the kids expensive gifts.

 

Jimmy said: “Then they go and throw it all back in his face like this. It stinks.”

 

He added: “A load of the money he has given Sheryl over the years has been spent on surgery. She has had more surgery than Jordan and Elizabeth Taylor put together.”

 

In the Cutting Edge show, Gazza admits he has a host of woes and says: “I’ve got food disorder, bipolar, mood swings, anxiety.

 

“I drank when I was happy, I drank when I was sad. And yes, I must admit I thought of dying.”

 

But he has been off the booze for a month.

 

And he is undergoing a punishing fitness regime at the south coast clinic, starting at 6.30am every day.

Pale

 

He pounds away on a gym treadmill for hours, heaves weights and does 7,000 sit-ups a day, breaking only for a small chicken meal. He has even given up his cherished Nintendo Wii.

 

He became addicted to the console while living alone in hotels last year, once playing its tenpin bowling game for six days solid.

 

Jimmy has seen a huge improvement in Gazza since he helped him to check in on December 5. The pal said: “Then, he was so pale he could have haunted houses.

 

“But he looks much better now. And there is a determination in his voice I have never heard before.

 

“Paul knows people say he will go the way of George Best.

 

“His reaction is they should worry about their own lives and forget about him. But the reason people do worry is because the nation loves him.”

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Gazza is a legend, and his family would be fuck all without him.  Cheryl wants to fuck off.  He needs help, not slagging off.

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if he hadn't been a quality footballer and nufc player how much sympathy would he get.

 

 

there are plenty of people like this and a lot of those sympathising are only too ready to slag them off if they are labourers etc.

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if he hadn't been a quality footballer and nufc player how much sympathy would he get.

 

there are plenty of people like this and a lot of those sympathising are only too ready to slag them off if they are labourers etc.

 

Do you think if he hadn't been a footballer he'd have turned out the same?  I'm curious, rather than suggesting you're wrong.

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if he hadn't been a quality footballer and nufc player how much sympathy would he get.

 

there are plenty of people like this and a lot of those sympathising are only too ready to slag them off if they are labourers etc.

 

Do you think if he hadn't been a footballer he'd have turned out the same?  I'm curious, rather than suggesting you're wrong.

plenty have
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if he hadn't been a quality footballer and nufc player how much sympathy would he get.

 

there are plenty of people like this and a lot of those sympathising are only too ready to slag them off if they are labourers etc.

 

Do you think if he hadn't been a footballer he'd have turned out the same?  I'm curious, rather than suggesting you're wrong.

plenty have

 

I wonder how much it has been increased by the end of his football career, or whether having a football career gave him something to focus on, kind of distracting him from his problems.

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On the basis of that film, the bloke is clearly a cunt. He'll never sort himself out, if he's beyond help them that's that. Feel so sorry for any family affected by alcoholism.

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Firstly there are no winners in this, Regan is one mixed up little lad and dare i say has and doesnt come over as the sharpest tool in the box but maybe thats just the camera and nerves,Sheryl cannot seem to let go and apparently in violent relationships she probably blames herself and finally gazza and his mess of a life.It has never been a secret about his disorders and mental issues and after reading his autobiography i have no doubt he has so many problems it was hard to be sympathetic towards him and alcohol to take away his pain doesnt help and makes him what he is today,its all going to end in tears who knows but this programme if anything is a advert to show what drink does to peoples lives.

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Saw him last night in Circus casino while playing a bit cash poker with a few mates. Gambling £1200 over six boxes of blackjack each hand, with a bottle of what I think was becks (could have been nonalcoholic) in his hand. He apparantely left around £7-8000 the poker dealer said.  Didn't look all there from my point of view, seemed sort of hollow.

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Saw him last night in Circus casino while playing a bit cash poker with a few mates. Gambling £1200 over six boxes of blackjack each hand, with a bottle of what I think was becks (could have been nonalcoholic) in his hand. He apparantely left around £7-8000 the poker dealer said.  Didn't look all there from my point of view, seemed sort of hollow.

 

 

like an alcoholic?

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Saw him last night in Circus casino while playing a bit cash poker with a few mates. Gambling £1200 over six boxes of blackjack each hand, with a bottle of what I think was becks (could have been nonalcoholic) in his hand. He apparantely left around £7-8000 the poker dealer said.  Didn't look all there from my point of view, seemed sort of hollow.

 

 

like an alcoholic?

 

I know that's sarcastic but I'll still dignify it with a response, yes, like an alcoholic.

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