Gazza speaks to ITV

Paul Gascoigne has been talking to ITV about his recent time in a rehabilitation clinic in Arizona and his battle with alcohol.

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Gazza: "I went to any lengths to get my drink, I'll go even further to stay sober"

Paul Gascoigne has thanked the celebrities - including Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans and footballer Gary Mabbutt - who helped him during his recent trip to a rehabilitation clinic in Arizona.

The former player said:

"Seeing the support I had, people are out there caring.

"Sometimes I feel it's easy for me to get treatment, but this time was horrific."

– Paul Gascoigne

Asked about comparisons with the late former Manchester United star George Best, Gascoigne said:

"God bless him, he's passed away, and I was friends with George, but I just felt like George didn't want to get well. I'm trying so hard to do it."

"I didn't ask to be an alcoholic, but I must admit I worked on it.

"I went to any lengths to get my drink, I'll go even further to stay sober."

– Paul Gascoigne

The latest stint in rehab for Gascoigne was organised by Evans and former England cricketer Ronnie Irani.

The move came following a charity appearance in Northampton during which the star appeared unwell and shaking, before breaking down and sobbing on stage in front of a room full of fans.


Gazza excited for what the future holds

Former Newcastle United footballer Paul Gascoigne has said he wants to get back to reality after the latest "horrific" health scare in his battle with alcohol addiction.

The ex-England player told Daybreak that he was feeling "good" and "quite excited what the future holds - I had a bad time."

The 45-year-old repeated comments made earlier to a newspaper that doctors feared he would die when he needed hospital treatment in the United States recently after going there for detox.

"I went to the treatment centre, and they tried to detox us, and they couldn't, so they rushed us to hospital, and that's where it got quite serious.

"I just remember the guy saying to the doctor in the treatment centre, 'I don't think this guy's going to make it', and obviously I put my head up a little bit, and I had tubes all over my arms and body, and getting injected, and I said 'please don't let me die, I need to water the plants'.

"The plants were more important than me. The plants passed away and I survived."

– Paul Gascoigne

He also said that he was looking forward to getting back to normal life.

"People are saying it's too early for me to be talking, but it's best for me to get back to reality straight away."

– Paul Gascoigne
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