Francesco Totti opens up on battle with depression after his marriage broke down

AS Roma legend Francesco Totti has opened up over his battle with depression, claiming that his marriage breaking down has hit him hard.

After retiring from football in 2017, the former Serie A striker admitted that not playing was difficult to cope with. Disaster struck in 2020 when his father passed away due to Covid-19.

In July this year, his marriage to Ilary Blasi broke down, ending 17 years of matrimony after the two tied the knot in 2005. The couple have three children together while Totti has been left devastated as a result.

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And the 45-year-old has opened up over the reasons why the relationship came crashing down, telling Corriere della Sera: "I have lived through a difficult period, first because I stopped playing and then my father died due to Covid.

"I also had a strong Covid for 15 days. However, my wife, when I needed her most, was not there."

But while Totti's wife might have been distant, the Roma icon later found out that she was cheating on him. The discovery deeply affected his mental health and he has since cleared up rumours that he was actually him that had been playing away.

"It is not true that I was the first to betray. I said I was not going to speak and I did not, but I have read too many hoaxes in recent weeks. Some have even made my children suffer," he continued.

"In September of last year the rumours began to reach me: 'look, Ilary has another one. Indeed, more than one.'

"I had never done it in 20 years, nor had she ever done it with me. But when I received warnings from different people, whom I trust, I began to suspect.

"I looked at her cell phone and I saw that there was a third person, who acted as an intermediary between Ilary and another. Here was the evidence (of the affair). The facts. And that led me to depression."

Totti and Blasi now look set to go to court as the divorce goes ahead, yet the former Italy international had insisted it did not come to that. "I fear that with Ilary it will end up in court. I still hope that we can reach an agreement," he added.

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