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George Clooney considered suicide

Movie star George Clooney tells Rolling Stone magazine in its latest issue that he contemplated taking his own life in 2005 after a stunt injury while filming “Syriana” – a movie that later won him Oscar and Golden Globe awards for best supporting actor.

“I was at a point where I thought, ‘I can’t exist like this. I can’t actually live,’” Clooney said in the interview with the magazine. “I was lying in a hospital bed with an IV in my arm, unable to move, having these headaches where it feels like you’re having a stroke, and for a short three-week period, I started to think, ‘I may have to do something drastic about this.’”

The severe pain led Clooney to think about ways he could carry it out.

“You start to think in terms of, you don’t want to leave a mess, so go in the garage, go in the car, start the engine,” he said. “It seems like the nicest way to do it, but I never thought I’d get there. See, I was in a place where I was trying to figure out how to survive.”

Fortunately, Clooney had surgery that successfully repaired the injury to his spine.

In other highlights from the article, the 50-year-old  Clooney talks about losing his virginity at 16, growing up in the shadow of his TV newsman dad, and his current relationship with former WWE wrestler Stacy Keibler, 32.

“She can do whatever she wants,” Clooney said of Keibler tweeting about “smiling all day long.”

“I rarely tell anybody what they should be doing with their life.”

46 comments Add your comment

td

November 14th, 2011
1:22 pm

inb4 someone wishes he had done more than just contemplate it

Cat Lover

November 14th, 2011
1:27 pm

I feel the same way when I get one of my migraines. You contemplate anything to relieve the pain.

Mitchell

November 14th, 2011
1:39 pm

Very understandable. I seriously contemplated ending my life sitting through Oceans 13.

Absolute torture.

Nailed it!

nsnstv

November 14th, 2011
2:08 pm

Mitchell,

That’s funny!

Joey

November 14th, 2011
2:20 pm

Give me a break, the guy owns a dream house on a lake in Italy that everyone brags about. Nothing a week in Tuscanny couldn’t fix George. Ah to be rich!!!

Caroline

November 14th, 2011
2:22 pm

There has not been a gay actor so far in the closet since Rock Hudson. Someone, please tell him it’s ok to come out.

USMC

November 14th, 2011
2:30 pm

George just go back to ER and slam dunk someones gal friend that`l fix your gourd area…….

Mr. Jones

November 14th, 2011
2:30 pm

Amen Caroline! He needs to come out of there, and Tyler Perry does too.

Smitty

November 14th, 2011
2:41 pm

As my close friends would say, “this guy has first world problems”!

JIMBOB

November 14th, 2011
2:45 pm

George is definitely going to star in the Rock Hudson story. Jeffrey Jones will star in the Jerry Sandusky story.

Perfect casting, or what?!

GRACE

November 14th, 2011
2:49 pm

Do celebs just recycle each other stories. That headline is tired. @jimbob, George is this generation’s Rock Hudson. I notice George has a new beard.

Jenny

November 14th, 2011
2:51 pm

Surprised to see so many comments that he’s gay. I really don’t think he is. I think he tried marriage when was younger and saw that it requires compromise and takes a lot of work. I don’t blame him for wanting to remain single and bed beauties of all ages. Never heard that he was gay before these comments.

As to the suicide, first of all – some of y’all ought to be ashamed for wishing he’d done it. And, yeah, he’s rich and has an incredible life. If he hadn’t been in terrible pain and was just thinking of wasting his life, I’d be right there with you cracking jokes. But, this was related to being in excruciating pain. Makes sense that he’d want a way out.

daisymae

November 14th, 2011
2:56 pm

I, too wish he would come out of the closet. As for Tyler Perry, he is more obvious than George and proves it every time he plays in one of His movies. Oh and then there is Kenny Chesney. Come on out and just live your life.

Ryan

November 14th, 2011
3:00 pm

If you are in a hospital bed for months and months, then understandable. Come On man, you were there for a couple of weeks. That’s like someone saying they did hard time after bailing out of jail in 3 days.

Kelli

November 14th, 2011
3:01 pm

Wow. I never considered him to be gay at all. I guess it is possible. Just thought he liked to live loose and fancy free.

cc

November 14th, 2011
3:05 pm

Some of you are idiots! Living in chronic pain means not being able to enjoy anything…. nothing is beautiful or fun when you are hurting. As a migraine sufferer I can tell you what it is like to be on a beach in the bahamas and the only thing I wanted was for someone or thing to put me out. So all of you who make comments like “o he could just go to italy or play somewhere” just realize that you are lucky to never experience pain that no one or thing can help with…. just ask any lady in labor if she wants to go the e.r or hang out on the beach…bet money she’ll tell you the e.r. -thats pain and just one example of the pain you just have to endure and no amount of money or scenery is going to make it better.

The SITUATION

November 14th, 2011
3:15 pm

Poor George. Let’s all feel bad for him.

Astrid G

November 14th, 2011
3:16 pm

Jenny, the truth is sometimes hard to accept.

g

November 14th, 2011
3:41 pm

On one hand depression can hit anyone……on the other hand, get over it, no whining to boost your ratings and nothing happened that grea medical care and a nice shot of a$$ couldnt help…..be it from a man or a woman….or both! You can afford it…….

Fred

November 14th, 2011
3:45 pm

What a whiner.

DENISE

November 14th, 2011
3:46 pm

I ALWAYS though of George as the hidden Rock Hudson, I agree come out already.

daisymae

November 14th, 2011
3:48 pm

CC, I suffer from migraines and have had some that would keep me in a dark room for two or three days but never even considered suicide. Been flat of my back with my hip out of joint for three days before could get to orthopedic doctor for relief and never considered suicide. I don’t wish either on my worst enemy but not grounds for suicide.

narf

November 14th, 2011
4:08 pm

Sure is a lot of wealth envy in these comments. He’s only rich because he worked harder than all of you. Please be sure to thank him for paying far more than his fair share in taxes you layabouts.

Daimler Benz

November 14th, 2011
4:36 pm

Is Tom Cruise still in that SOUTH PARK closet?

B-Bro

November 14th, 2011
4:40 pm

Have any of you ever seen Stacy Keibler? I don’t think a gay man would be chasing her around and those of you that stated that lavish items will cure bad health, it just don’t happen. If that was the case no rich person would ever die.

dre

November 14th, 2011
4:59 pm

B-Bro – regarding Keibler, you got that right…wow!

Beauty Clooney

November 14th, 2011
5:26 pm

You are the best.

Beauty Clooney

November 14th, 2011
5:26 pm

Beauty Clooney

November 14th, 2011
5:29 pm

Will you marry me?

BB

November 14th, 2011
5:37 pm

Rich and famous people can be unhappy just like everybody else. Money and Italy and hot girlfriends don’t buy happiness and don’t cure depression or pain. I think some of these statements make him a bit more of a real person and not just a plastic ’star’. Have some compassion!

Chococarmel

November 14th, 2011
5:37 pm

I don’t think George is gay. Not everyone wants to marry and divorce several times in their lifetime. And I can understand what he means about spinal pain. I’ve had two serious back operations and at times the pain is so intense it makes you sweat. It even hurts to use the bathroom. You posters are the prime reasons why our kids are bullies. Jerks!

Tertainmnt

November 14th, 2011
5:52 pm

Celebrities are normal people put on pedestals by their fans, and have similar thoughts and emotions.
On the other matter, Tyler isn’t hiding behind a ‘hot’ girlfriend. The others like George, Ryan etc. are.

Astrid G

November 14th, 2011
6:44 pm

Didn’t that last Clooney girl-friend – these girls never last beyond two years – say she had a father-daughter relationship with him?

(Another) Denise

November 14th, 2011
8:10 pm

My migraines have made me want to blow a hole in my head and I have several a month, in varying degrees of severity. So yeah, I can understand wanting to commit suicide because of pain. To be fair, I also have bipolar disorder so I am a little “off” (not making fun of anyone but myself…have to take it light or I will feel worse about myself than I need to). I don’t think pain cares what kind of money you have.

As for who may be gay, Tyler Perry is as gay as the 4th of July and I wish he would quit playing with us. The fact that he is playing Alex Cross pisses me off. A lot. He is nowhere near alpha-male OR sexy. I have never thought George Clooney was gay but I guess I could see if if I closed one eye real tight, squinted, and used a magnifying glass. He would lose his place at the table if he came out as gay, I think, because he is cast as the sex symbol and folks would probably be pissed at being led astray/lied to. I wouldn’t care because I haven’t slept with him. If it was Denzel, I’d be pissed because he would have ruined all of my fantasies.

It's True, but

November 14th, 2011
8:48 pm

Sorry BB, but “Money and Italy and hot girlfriends” do, in fact, = happiness.

bow wow

November 14th, 2011
11:40 pm

muscle spasms occurring around spinal damage make one fearful of standing or using the toilet due to extreme pain. if you live alone, then crawl to the door and collect your pizza but don’t eat too often! excercise, use heat therapy and fight to come back and REJOICE- if you can. i think that an opportunistic organism (like the herpes virus) couples with nerve damage and requires you to ride it out-while you think of ending it- but be careful of ops. OOWIE!

liberal hater

November 15th, 2011
12:45 am

For those who endure migraines … seriously – look into using magnesium oil, its cheap, natural, cannot really be taken in damaging amounts. You spray it on … a few times a day. Look up The Magnesium Miracle on Amazon by a MD who is an expert in the field.

Clooney is a giant far left hypocrite and uber uber smug. Thoroughly loathsome man.

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jim

November 15th, 2011
6:15 am

He don’t have the ba**s. He just need some attention.

Obozonomics

November 15th, 2011
8:05 am

I feel so sorry for these rich people….I have 3 crushed vertebrae’s but never thought of killing myself, maybe because I am not rich, such problems these rich folks have…

Terry

November 15th, 2011
10:16 am

Gosh, these people are obsessed w/ themselves. Does everything have to be made public? If this is something you went through discuss it w/ close family, friends or get help. It’s like they have to keep up w/ the kardashians. Nothing stays quiet gotta talk, talk, talk.

Notch Johnson

November 15th, 2011
10:27 am

What a pathetic bunch of losers!!!

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

November 15th, 2011
10:29 am

Clooney was raised Roman Catholic so whatever “problem” he’s having not being “fruitful and multiplying” is more than understandable: He’s just working out his own salvation as each of us must.

That being said, and I wish him the best (hoping for him to awaken to Holy Matrimony and healthy offspring one day), his service to Our Nation in the creation of “Syriana,” “Good Night and Good Luck,” and “Michael Clayton,” even if he were to pursue no other artistic endeavor, mark him as a great man and a great American worthy of the respect and appreciation of all true patriots.

girl six

November 15th, 2011
1:51 pm

most of you people need…to just…get a…life. depression can last longer than the hospital stay. no one cares when you insult each other, (not much, anyway)–but you are such haters! you do not live his life and money aint ever bought love nor self appreciation.

Doc

November 16th, 2011
12:39 pm

Too bad it didn’t work out for George.

A Fodroci

November 18th, 2011
2:06 pm

I have Trigeminal Neurgial and have two nerves rubbing against the major 5 th cranial nerve going into the brain. It causes serious face pain and migraine. TN is call the suicide disease or the worse pain know to man. I have this for 17 yrs. It took 44 docs 9 yrs to find out what I had while I live in pain that no one person should have to endure. The mess that I had to help me for those 9 yrs were quite heady and beyond morphine. When I found the right doc my life took a turn. But I still lived with face pain and 24 hr headache. Without the correct mess and my husband I do not know how I would have ever gotten out of bed. I finally have had 2 brain procedures that may help 5% to 35 % of the pain. I thank God for even 5% relief. There are so many people. Who suffer from chronic pain and for George to complain that he thought of taking his life is such an insult to all of the millions of people who carry on with their lives for theirselves and for their families. George’s comments were of a week man. The rest of the article shows what a silly boy he is. And go
W dare he think that he can comment on world affairs when I have noted his comments are not original but just the repeated lines he is fed. He should spend his time reading history and open his mind before he speaks. If you are interested go to YouTube and look up Trigeminal Neurial and see what this horrible affliction is and understand what pain really is for so many. Thank for understanding my need to vent in view of such comment by George.