RONNIE O’SULLIVAN says he regrets going on a ‘wild bend’ for six years after his father went to jail.
The snooker ace told an upcoming Eurosport and Discovery+ documentary that he was thrown out of control when his father was jailed for killing a driver of mobster Charlie Kray in 1992.
He said: “I would change quite a lot of things in my life. Many things I’ve done have caused long-term damage.
“Some things are out of your control, like my father leaving. I don’t blame my dad for that, I just lost a lot of that support mechanism.
“I went on a wild bend for six years. I think I would change those years because I became so dependent on how I was feeling.
“I’ve never been comfortable in my own skin, but up to this point I’d always been comfortable in my own skin. I think that’s why a lot of my problems arose.
“That then became a crutch because if I wasn’t feeling well, the first thing I did was go for a drink or something to change my feelings.”
He continued, “I think once you cross that line, it’s hard to go back to who you were.
“I would much rather go back to the kid who was 16, 17 or 18 who was innocent and not have to do any of that, but I only blamed myself.
“I would definitely change that, a million percent, but things are changing.”
Meanwhile, Mark Allen has spoken candidly about the insane spending that forced his bankruptcy.
The 2018 Masters champion told the BBC: “I’ve overspent in every aspect of my life.
“If there was a car for £50,000, I would buy one for £80,000.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6429683/ronnie-osullivan-dad-prison-snooker-eurosport-discovery-documentary/ ‘I would change a lot in my life’ – Ronnie O’Sullivan regrets his six-year ‘wild bend’ after his father went to prison