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Gazza tells Good Morning Britain: "My last relapse was a blip"

Former Newcastle and England star Paul 'Gazza' Gascoigne Credit: PA

The former Newcastle and England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been speaking to Good Morning Britain live this morning, and says he is "doing alright".

He appeared on the sofa just after 8.10am (WED).

Talking about recent photos of him in the papers, which showed him clutching a bottle of alcohol with cuts to his face, he admitted they were the result of a recent "blip" in his battle against alcoholism.

He went on to admit he found it hard to come to terms with the fact that he is "never allowed to get on with his illness" due to attention from the press.

He said he really wanted to stop drinking, and no longer blamed other people for his relapses as he tries to beat his addiction.

Talking to presenters Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan on the sofa, he said sometimes the temptation to drink was so overwhelming he just had to have "a drink" and "get it over with".

The 48-year-old went on to say that it was sometimes helpful to see pictures of him in the press after a relapse, as it "helps him realise how bad he is".

Speaking about the public's support he said they were 'brilliant' with him, and he even feels 'embarrassed' as a result of the all the support he has received.

He said there are "lots of people out there facing this battle on the streets that don't get the help and support that I do".

Former footballer Paul Gascoigne, lifting the cup during the Bobby Robson Trophy match at St James Park in 2009. Credit: PA
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