“I took a huge number of pills with a huge amount of vodka and the mixture of them made my body convulse so much that I broke four ribs,” Fry, 55, told comedian Richard Herring. “But I was still unconscious.”
Fry was filming a documentary on how people’s lives have been impacted because of their sexuality and had visited American preachers who claimed to be able to “cure” gay people and Uganda, home of the controversial “Kill The Gays” bill.
“Fortunately,” Fry continued, “the producer I was filming with at the time came into the hotel room and I was found in an unconscious state and taken back to England and looked after.”
Fry was responding to a question from a 12-year-old boy on what it’s like to be Stephen Fry. The actor and comic is bipolar and had attempted suicide in 1995 following a nervous breakdown. Since then, he’s spoken extensively about mental illness, becoming president of the mental health charity Mind and addressing his own mental health in the 2006 documentary, Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive.
Fry took to Twitter to thank those who had supported him after his admission:
Thank you all for your concern. As Pres of @mindcharity I could only tell truth if asked directly. Now fine. On good meds. Love to you all x
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) June 5, 2013