Shamed British boxing champion Ricky Hatton was driven to the brink of suicide during his battle with drink, drugs and depression.

The sports star hit headlines in 2010 when photographs of him allegedly snorting cocaine in a hotel room were published by U.K. tabloid the News of the World and he later checked into rehab to undergo an intensive treatment program.

Hatton has now revealed he once went to bed with a knife during a low point, and is relieved he didn't go through with his suicide attempt.

He says, "I was suicidal and very depressed but I didn't take the full jump. People say they are going to kill themselves and don't go through with it, then one day they do. Thankfully, I didn't get to that stage.

"I was waking up in the morning with a knife in my bed. My fiancee Jennifer would come downstairs. I'd be on the sofa with a knife on the floor. I never had the courage to go through with it."