Fears grow over Frank Bruno's mental health as he takes 'time out' as he checks into a clinic suffering from 'exhaustion'
23:14 GMT, 14 April 2012
Relapse: Frank Bruno, seen here at the WBO World Lightweight title fight last month, has reportedly checked into a clinic suffering from exhaustion
Concerns have arisen that Frank Bruno's mental health problems have returned after he checked into a clinic suffering from exhaustion.
Reports today have claimed that the boxing legend checked into a private hospital earlier this month after he fell ill following a gruelling regime to get himself fit for some personal appearances.
And he is also said to be heartbroken after he split from his girlfriend who he said had helped him 'see the light at the end of the tunnel' in his life.
According to the Sunday Mirror, Bruno, 50, is suffering from mental and physical exhaustion and is in the clinic to take 'time out' to recover.
A friend told the paper: 'Frank is a fighter and is getting
the little bit of help which he needs to get back to his old-self.
'All his friends and family are rallying round and are confident he will soon be back to his best.'
Frank recorded an interview last month with Piers Morgan for his Life Stories show next week which was due to be broadcast last week.
But ITV sources told the paper that it had been pulled and it's unclear it it will ever air.
And friends of Bruno – who has bipolar disorder and was sectioned under the Mental Health Act in 2003 – said his preparation to look good for the show led to his relapse.
They said: 'He was running and doing two lots of
four-hour gym sessions a day. Some nights he was getting up after just
two hours sleep then going back to the gym.
'But lack of sleep and stress brings on
bipolar in a big way and Frank and his family and friends were worried
things were getting on top of him. He was showing signs of not being
Bruno's agent Dave Davies confirmed the ex-boxer was receiving treatment but stressed that he hadn't been sectioned and he went into the clinic of his own accord.
He said: 'He needs a couple of weeks’ good rest. He is absolutely shattered. With his condition, Frank needs to take more care of himself.'
Pulled: Bruno's interview with Piers Morgan for the Life Stories show will not air