Who Is Behind Matthew Newton’s Rehabilitation
Matt Newton has broken his silence on his mental illness in an interview with A Current Affair (click here if you want to watch it).
However one of the things I would like to know is who is advising him and crafting his media rehabilitation? Only a couple of days ago I read in the paper that an Underbelly producer would hire him again, and now he is giving interviews. Also there was an article in one of the gossip magazines that he had a new much younger girlfriend.
The Herald Sun reports on the interview he was happy to talk about his mental illness, apparently he is a manic depressive, and a obsessive compulsive disorder.
The article states:
MATTHEW Newton admits he was mad, bad and dangerous before he was treated for the mental illness that threatened his career.
The troubled actor broke his silence about his crippling mental health issues and self-destructive and violent behaviour in an interview with A Current Affair last night.
But he opted not to go into detail about his alleged violence towards former fiancee Rachael Taylor and another former girlfriend, Brooke Satchwell.
Nor did he offer either woman a direct apology.
“Harming anyone is horrible,” Newton said.
“It is intolerable to harm a woman, it is intolerable to harm your best friend, several of your best friends, and it is intolerable to harm yourself and I have done all those things, and I utterly regret it.”
And he would not comment on his rumoured drug use, saying: “Drugs were never a problem for me.”
Newton, who was admitted to a Sydney psychiatric clinic last August following his Rome meltdown over Taylor, has spent seven months under going treatment for manic depression and severe obssessive compulsive disorder.
“I was a bit mad, bad and dangerous to know,” he said of his pre-treatment days.
“Mental illness does not discriminate, does not discriminate male, female, black, white. People who are around you they are the ones who get hurt in the wake of these frenzied episodes.
“It is not about respect for one sex or another, I was a walking time bomb.”
Newton said he had harmed himself on numerous occasions during his manic periods.
“I would run at walls. There is an imprint of me somewhere, of my whole body, in a wall.
“It is like you want to rip your brain out of your head, put it under a tap, wash it clean and then put it back in your skull and you can’t do that and you don’t know why.
“I didn’t think I was mentally ill, as ridiculous as that sounds after what I’ve just described.”
Newton said he was in one of the happiest periods of his life when he and Taylor went to Rome.
But the trip ended in disaster, with Newton saying he had a “total meltdown”.
“I went berserk, I went nuts. I guess I wanted to kill myself.”
Not sure that mental illness is an excuse for violence against women, as it appears there was some repetitive behaviour there.
However do you think Matthew Newton should get a chance to resurrect his career?