Michael Phelps’ Wife Nicole Tried to ‘Fix’ His Depression

Nearly 5 years after Michael Phelps opened up about his battle with melancholy, spouse Nicole Phelps admitted she feared for the worst.

During a Wednesday, January 13, interview with Today Parents, the 35-year-old stated that after Kobe Bryant‘s death in January 2020, she had a revelation about her husband’s way of thinking.

“After Vanessa [Bryant] lost Kobe, all I could do was look at Michael and be like, ‘Can we please help you? Because if I lose you, I don’t know what I’m gonna do,’” Nicole recalled, praising the Olympian, 35, as “the most amazing father and partner.”

The former Miss California admitted she believed she might tackle extra with regard to her husband’s psychological well being.

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“I used to think, ‘Oh, I can fix him. I can be his therapist. I can be what he needs,’” she stated. “But what I’ve learned is that you can’t take ownership for how they’re feeling, no matter how badly you want to.”

Nicole has since began going to remedy herself, which she instructed Today is “helping me with everything,” together with being there “properly” for Michael.

The pageant queen beforehand opened up about her husband’s struggles with melancholy in an October 2020 anniversary put up through Instagram. “There’s good days and there’s bad days but all days with you make me smile even when I don’t want to,” she wrote within the caption. Earlier the identical month she marked World Mental Health Day with a put up by which she instructed followers, “It’s OK to not be OK.”

Michael himself instructed ESPN in May 2020 the coronavirus pandemic took a toll on his emotional wellbeing. “The pandemic has been a challenge I never expected,” the 23-time Olympic champion shared. “All the uncertainty. Being cooped up in a house. And the questions. So many questions.” According to the interview, quarantine left Michael feeling “on edge” and “worthless” at instances.

In 2017, after he and Nicole revealed they have been anticipating child No. 2, the gold medalist opened up to Us Weekly about his melancholy. “For me, it was all about being vulnerable,” he defined. “I think it’s scary for a lot of people to think about that word. I just wanted to change. I was to the point where I didn’t like who I was. I didn’t like looking at myself, like, seeing the reflection that you see in the mirror. I kind of just tackled it head-on.”

He beforehand mentioned his psychological state in a 2016 interview with Today, revealing he “didn’t want to see another day.” The Maryland native stated, “I think my mom was happy that I was alive because I think she saw the sort of the path that I was going down,” alluding to his authorized troubles.

In 2004, Michael’s life took a drastic flip. He pleaded responsible to drunk driving in November of that yr and was arrested once more for DUI in September 2014. The following month he checked himself into rehab.

Michael and Nicole tied the knot in 2016. They share three kids: Boomer, 4, Beckett, 2, and Maverick, 16 months.

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