MASTERCHEF's Gregg Wallace has said he "wanted to die" at the height of his battle with booze that left him crippled from loneliness.
The 56-year-old, who credits his four stone weight loss with cutting down on alcohol and taking up a healthy lifestyle, said he turned to the bottle to deal with being alone.
Gregg used to drink seven days a week at his local pub, but has admitted in a candid interview with OK! Magazine: "I felt like death.
"All I wanted to do was go somewhere and die."
He admitted alcohol was a key element of his daily routine when he worked as a grocer before finding fame.
Gregg revealed: "I would start before lunch with a couple of pints, then a gin and tonic, moving on to wine in big amounts with the food, and then finishing off with a whisky. But that wouldn’t be the end. Drinking would continue – I’d even go to dinner drunk sometimes.
"Then I’d carry on with more. I could do that sometimes for two or three days on the trot. Then I’d just collapse onto a sofa somewhere and sleep."
He added: "When you’re trading fruit and veg as I used to, your day starts early. So yes, by 10am I’d be banging on the door of a City pub. The landlord came down in his dressing gown to open up for me, the window cleaner and a drunken lawyer.
"It most certainly wasn’t good! At that level I’d have died or had serious liver problems had I carried on."
Gregg, who has been focusing on his fitness in lockdown, admitted he wasn't in a great place mentally as his weight ballooned to 16.5 stone.
Now, the chef has said he feels as good at 56 as he did at 26 after shedding four stone and becoming a fitness fanatic.
On his birthday this year Gregg posed in the gym surrounded by treadmills, while wearing a pair of black shorts and white trainers.
He had a big smile on his face as he showed off his toned figure. The star captioned the pic: "56 yesterday, feeling good. @showmefit."
The MasterChef star previously credited his wife Anne-Marie Sterpini, 34, as the reason he slimmed down.
He was inspired to get "fit and healthy" mainly to be able to see his son, Sid, 16 months, grow up.
Doctors had given Gregg a pretty serious warning that if he didn't do something about his weight, he was on the fast track to a heart attack.
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