Alfie Boe reveals he took an overdose after splitting from wife Sarah

‘It was a scary time’: Alfie Boe reveals he spent five weeks in rehab after taking an overdose following his split from his wife Sarah

  • Alfie Boe has revealed that he spent five weeks in rehab after taking an overdose following his separation from his wife Sarah two years ago 
  • The singer, 48, opened up about suffering from depression after the split. He married Sarah in 2004 and they share kids Grace and Alfred 
  • Speaking on of BBC reality show Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof, said he went to a ‘really dark place’ following their separation in August 2020
  • The tenor emotionally revealed that he spent five weeks in a rehabilitation facility after taking an overdose

Alfie Boe has revealed that he spent five weeks in rehab after taking an overdose following his separation from his wife two years ago.

The singer, 48, has opened up about suffering from depression after splitting from his wife Sarah, who he married in 2004 and shares kids Grace and Alfred with.

Speaking on next week’s episode of BBC reality show Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof, said he went to a ‘really dark place’ following their separation in August 2020.

 

‘Dark place’: Alfie Boe has revealed that he spent five weeks in rehab after taking an overdose following his separation from his wife two years ago

The tenor emotionally said that he spent five weeks in a rehabilitation facility after taking an overdose as he said he was speaking about it in a bid to help others.  

According to the Mirror, he said: ‘When my ­separation happened initially I went into a really dark place. It’s weird to talk about, I’ve not spoken about this in public, but I’m willing to, if it can help anyone out there that needs that.

‘I’d gone through beating myself up and hating myself and not having any love for myself and it resulted in a foolish act of throwing some pills down my throat because I’d lost my way.

‘I ended up in a ­rehabilitation facility for about five weeks and it was a scary time.’

Depression: The singer, 48, opened up about suffering from depression after splitting from his wife Sarah (pictured in 2018), who he married in 2004 and shares kids Grace and Alfred with

The West End star, who has rarely spoken publicly about his split from Sarah, admitted that he is still struggling to come to terms with it as he held back tears while speaking on the show.

Alfie said they are still friends but added that it is ‘not the same’ as he admitted that he still misses Sarah and said the split still feels ‘raw’ two years on.

MailOnline has contacted the BBC and Alfie’s representatives for comment. 

Alfie and Sarah spent lockdown living at their home in the Cotswolds but split in August 2020, saying their marriage fell apart after he had been travelling for work a lot.

Split: Speaking on next week’s episode of BBC reality show Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof, said he went to a ‘really dark place’ following their separation

Confirming the split at the time, Alfie said in a statement to MailOnline: ‘After speculation about my marriage to Sarah ending, I can confirm that we have separated. 

‘I have nothing but love and respect for Sarah who’s been an incredible partner and an amazing mother to our two beautiful children and everything is very amicable.’

In 2019, Alfie told MailOnline how contented he was with his life and how his idea of happiness was watching his children grow up.

He met Sarah, a Shakesperean actress, in 2002 after he beat off thousands of hopefuls to land the lead role in Baz Luhrmann’s revival of Puccini’s La Boheme in San Francisco.

Friends: The West End star, who has rarely spoken publicly about his split from Sarah, admitted that he is still struggling to come to terms with their separation

They married two years later and later welcomed their two children Grace and Alfred, while they moved to England in July 2018.

Alfie, who is of Irish and Norwegian descent and is from Blackpool, started his working life as an apprentice mechanic with TVR.

His habit of singing arias as he polished the cars got him noticed by an influential client who suggested he audition with an opera company in London.

He became one of Britain’s most celebrated classical stars, landing the role of Jean Valjean for the 25th anniversary performance of Les Miserables in 2010 and singing for the Queen twice – at her Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and for her 90th birthday four years later.

Career: Alfie has sold more than one million albums in the UK and has scored two number one records with Michael Ball (both pictured in 2018), while he was awarded an OBE in 2019

He has spoken about how he wants opera to shed its stuffy image and how he welcomes audiences getting out of their seats and even throwing their underwear at the stage.

Alfie has sold more than one million albums in the UK and has scored two number one records with Michael Ball, while he was awarded an OBE in 2019.

He has made a number of appearances in West End and Broadway shows and is most celebrated for playing Jean Valjean in the long-running Les Miserables.

Freeze the Fear airs on BBC One at 9pm on Tuesdays and is available on BBC iPlayer. 

Hard times: Alfie and Sarah spent lockdown living at their home in the Cotswolds but split in August 2020 (pictured in January 2019)  

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