As we reported yesterday, QI host Stephen Fry took the brave step of revealing that he’d recently attempted suicide for a second time…
And today, it’s been further revealed that it was homophobic hatred that drove him to the act, which occurred in Africa while he was filming documentary, Stephen Fry — Out There.
Of Stephen’s second suicide attempt, a source close to the star said, “It was shocking to see what he had done but we knew that he had suffered from manic depression…
“The whole point of the series was to confront people with these bizarre views and try to make some sense of what they were saying.”
Of the incident, Stephen said, “It was a close-run thing. I took a huge number of pills and a huge amount of vodka and the mixture of them made my body convulse so much I broke four ribs, but I was still unconscious.”
In Stephen Fry — Out There, we’ll see the comic examining “how the lives of men and women in different communities across the globe have been impacted by their sexuality”.
We’ll see him confronting government officials and community leaders who oppose gay rights.
A spokesman said, “Contemplating his own experience as a gay man in the spotlight, Stephen sets out to explore what lies beneath people’s prejudices and why some people feel so threatened by homosexuality.
“As well as uncovering the difficulties faced by many gay people the world over, Stephen’s journey also reveals an inspiring story of bravery and resilience, celebrating the triumph of love in the face of adversity.”
The paper adds, “The controversy follows DJ Scott Mills’ visit to Uganda in 2011 when witch doctors battered him with chickens in an attempt to ‘cure’ him of his homosexuality.
“He feared for his life as armed cops later tried to track him down — just for being gay.”
Here’s a reminder of that shocking film…