Ex-'Coronation Street' star Bruce Jones: 'I've had enough'
Published Jun 17 2012, 14:54 BST | By Alison Rowley
Former Coronation Street
star Bruce Jones
has revealed that he is so depressed that he has considered suicide.
Jones, who played Les Battersby, was sacked from the ITV soap in 2007 and after struggling to find work, turned to drink, reportedly consuming up to 15 pints a day.
"After I lost my job, nothing went right," the 59-year-old told The Mirror
. "I used to try to drink depression away. I was in suicide mode.
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"I planned to end it all so I phoned my mother and said goodbye. I cried down the phone to her but my wife heard me and got me to a doctor just in time."
The actor attended rehab following a court appearance in 2010, when he received an 18-month suspended sentence for dangerous and drunk driving. In the incident, Jones grabbed the steering wheel while his wife was driving and threatened to kill them both.
Doctors warned him that any more drinking would kill him, but just two weeks after leaving rehab he was spotted back in the pub. Jones claims he is now "cured" and able to drink in moderation, but told the paper that his wife of 28 years has walked out, having had enough.
"Everyone blames the drink but it was never that," he said. "It was depression. I've had depression since I was 10.
"I'm a different person [now]. I used to spend all my time in the pub. Now I don't."
Jones will appear in court tomorrow (June 18) in an attempt to stop his North Wales home being repossessed. However, he said that he is convinced he will lose the property and only has £14 to his name.
"I'm broke, I'm destitute and after the hearing, the likelihood is, I'm homeless," he said.
Jones, who once earned £200,000 a year and reportedly had a fortune estimated at £4 million, claimed his spending "wasn't extravagant" and that he gave away most of his money to charity and friends.
"I've been kind but I never saw those people again once I'd lent them money," he said. "If people paid me back what they owed me I wouldn't be in this situation.
"I'm going to lose the house that meant everything to me. The house I worked so hard for, the house I wanted to leave to the children when I die."
He added: "It's all over for me. I've got nowhere to go now but the grave. That's where I'll end up. But do you know what? I don't care because I can't take it anymore... I'm beat.
"I wake up some days and think, 'This will be the day that I end it all, I'm going to take pills or throw myself under a train' because I've had enough. I want some peace."