Scotland rugby legend Stuart Hogg reveals he's been in rehab after 'darkest of times'

Stuart Hogg
Stuart Hogg -Credit:Getty Images

Scotland rugby legend Stuart Hogg has revealed that he has been spending time in a rehabilitation centre to try and get his life back on track.

Hogg, who won 100 caps for Scotland between 2012 and 2023 before shocking everyone with a sudden announcement of his retirement last March, was arrested last month following an incident in Hawick, his hometown. The father-of-four's contributions to rugby union earned him an MBE in the New Year Honours of 2024.

He not only holds the record as the all-time leading try scorer for Scotland but also played a key part in Glasgow Warriors' United Rugby Championships triumph in 2015 and Exeter Chiefs double in Gallagher Premiership and European Champions Cup half a decade later.

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This legendary player of Scottish rugby opened up about his current struggles in an emotionally charged statement on social media. At 31 years old, Hogg credited his stint in rehab as instrumental in his fight against personal demons.

Further expressing gratitude for the unwavering support he received from fans, Hogg's post on X formerly known as Twitter reads: "I was lost, needed help, direction, time away from the spotlight to be able to take a deep breath and think.", reports the Daily Record.

"I've been so concerned about what people thought of me, how I was coming across, the impact I would have on them and how I would survive the day. I lived every moment in my head and it wasn't healthy."

"Spending time at a rehabilitation centre, allowed me to reset, learn about myself and talk about how I felt, without being judged. It's not been easy but it was the right thing to do. Taking accountability was the first step in the right direction. I accept I have made mistakes and understand why I acted as I did."

"Personal, private issues being played out in the public eye and online abuse are things that have impacted me significantly. I've not been able to deal with it. Online abuse IS NOT OK."

"Having some time away has allowed me to see the world differently, be grateful for the things I have and most importantly, be excited about what is in front of me in the short, medium and long term.

"THANK YOU to everyone who has been in touch and offered support, friendship and love. You have helped me through the darkest of times and I will look forward to embracing what is next with you all."

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