Seven time world surfing champion Layne Beachley has opened up about her crippling battle with depression.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported Beachley struggled through a six-month period where she woke up “every day thinking of different ways to kill” herself.
Beachley revealed her struggles in an intimate speech given at a One Wave Is All It Takes event on Wednesday.
“Everyone would have perceived my life to be fantastic – I had it all. I was dating a rock star, I was living in my dream home, I was travelling the world … my office was out there [the ocean], my bikini was my uniform, sunscreen was my makeup – it doesn’t get any better, right?” Beachley said.
One Wave Is All It Takes is a non-profit organisation that works to relieve mental health issues within the surfing community.
The champion's reluctance to reach out stemmed from her own feelings of not wanting to burden others with her pain.
"When I've been in the deepest, darkest moments in my life ... I don't want to be a burden to someone else," she said.
"I don't want to have to share my pain with anyone because I don't want them to feel the suffering that I'm experiencing."