The 28-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps Expecting Second Baby, told US Weekly becoming being able to about to talk about his battle with depression and anxiety allowed him to overcome the “darkest part” of his life. “For me, it was all about being vulnerable,” Phelps told Us Weekly. “I think it’s scary for a lot of people to think about that word. I just wanted to change. I was to the point where I didn’t like who I was. I didn’t like looking at myself like seeing the reflection that you see in the mirror. I kind of just tackled it head-on.”
Phelps said communicating his feelings help him understand his emotions. He said a more open discussion about depression and anxiety among athletes and stars has helped other people understand “that it is OK to not be OK.”
Phelps said he is “pumped” another baby will be joining his growing family. Phelps and wife Nicole Johnson have a son, Boomer, and are expecting another child.
“I woke up [one] morning and she handed me the journal and said open it. I opened to the photo of them in the backyard with the pregnancy test. I was pumped!” he said.
Phelps is set to appear in a new documentary titled, “Angst,” to talk about his depression and being bullied.
The 28-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps Expecting Second Baby
How has becoming a father fueled your activism? Bachelorhood is a pretty selfish state of being, so you must be more cognizant of the world you’re leaving behind to your children.
Oh, you have to be. Obviously it’s different when I was living the bachelor life, but now Nicole and I are raising a family together, and trying to teach them some of the small things that can change the world—not just with water, but with trying to destigmatize mental health, too. That’s so exciting for us. We don’t spend a lot of time at home, but it’s worth it. I can speak about things I’m passionate about and potentially make a difference.