Noel Edmonds has revealed he tried to kill himself after falling victim to financial fraudsters.
The Deal or No Deal star said he was driven “to the brink of emotional annihilation” when a group of corrupt HBOS financiers helped destroy his former business Unique Group.
Edmonds praised the emergency services for saving his life after the suicide bid.
The 68-year-old said he checked into the Priory to recover.
Edmonds added: “Until these criminals took me to the brink of emotional annihilation, I had always felt those who opt out by taking their own lives were selfish and cowardly.
“But having been cast into that bottomless dark space devoid of logic and reason, I have a much deeper understanding of life without hope.
“I seek no sympathy and feel no shame in admitting that on the evening of January 18, 2005 I attempted to end the overwhelming mental pain which had consumed my whole being.
“The fact that I did not become another suicide statistic is solely due to the swift response of a Devon ambulance crew and the compassionate support of the Priory in Bristol.”