For years, former boxing world championÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â Oscar De La Hoya had been the sport’sÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â golden boy. ButÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â behind the scenes he had been hiding a dark like of alcohol and drugs.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â NowÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â he’s is opening up and seeking help.
He says, via the LA Times: “I haven’t been truly sober since I was 8,” De La Hoya says, recalling how he was a waiter at family functions, brought beer to the men and was encouraged to take a sip.
“A sip sounds harmless,” he says. “But after about 20, you are drunk.
De La Hoya spoke of being given alcohol by men in his family at a very young age, and his overindulgenceÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â continued throughout his adult life.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The cocaine cameÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â much later – Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â he began usingÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â the drugÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â about 2Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â½ years ago, about the time he retired from boxing in 2009. He likens the struggle with addiction to some of his toughest boxing opponents, calling it ‘the biggest fight of my life.’ He added that “Rock bottom was recently,” and that he had considered suicide, but didn’t have the courage.
De La HoyaÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â entered Promises rehab center threeÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â months ago, and isÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â also admittingÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â to a long listÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â of lies he’d been living during his years of struggle. Among them – hisÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â former staunch denial that photos of him dressed in drag were not him.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Back in 2007 photos of the boxer were circulated showing him in a fishnet bodysuit and high heels, and occasionally a long haired wig, mugging for the camera. He was seen partying up in the strange getup with a womenÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â by the name of Milana Dravnel – who, by the way, is not his wife. Despite his insistance that the pics were photoshopped, he now admits they were the real deal.
“Let me to tell you, yes, yes, it was me… I am tired now of lying, of lying to the public and of lying to myself.”
He said he was high on booze and cocaine at the time. And the New York Post reports that De La Hoya shelled out a whopping $20 million to get Dravnel to hush up. According to the post: “The deal also called for her to give back the heels, lingerie and fishnets that she kept after their kinky photo session.”
In the Univision interview, he also opened up about his behavior behind his wife’s back, admitting he has cheated. “We are obviously not talking a Tiger Woods here, but I was unfaithful.”Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â He says he and his wife had separated for a while, and that he is working to rebuildÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â the relationship.
Even though he completed treatement in Malibu, he paid for another three weeks of treatment in case he needs to return someday.