Grant Hackett Has Spoken Out About His Mental Breakdown
Troubled swimming great Grant Hackett says he will seek help in Australia and overseas for mental health issues.
The triple Olympic Gold medallist has been in hiding after he was arrested last Wednesday following a disturbance on the Gold Coast.
The 36-year-old has thanked his family, in particular, his parents, for their support through ‘the toughest week of my life.’
"They have been amazing and have now stood by me through thick and thin - I can't say enough about them - I could not wish for better parents," Hackett said in a statement to AAP.
Hackett has also revealed he has resolved the differences with his brother Craig who he had criticised after he spoke to the media.
"My brother and I have reconnected and love each other very much - our family has always been our priority," Hackett said.
"The support I have received from so many people in Australia and around the world has also been incredible.
"I wish I could reply to every single message or well wish I've had, which is impossible at present, as I'm so grateful for each and every one of them."
Hackett went into hiding on Thursday, which prompted his father to report him as a missing person.
The swimmer is now pleading for privacy as he seeks help for his issues.
"This is a very private matter that I am going through, and I am going to work my way through it," he said.
"I would appreciate it if everyone would allow me and my family to do everything we need to do.
"I know I have some mental health issues and I am seeking help here in Australia, and I will also be going overseas."