‘You Have No Idea…’: Paige Spiranac Hailed Olympic Legend Michael Phelps for His Courageous Act in 2018

Published 10/30/2022, 2:14 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 18: Paige Spiranac attends the 2018 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/WireImage)

Paige Spiranac is very well known for her golf skills and her social media presence. She recently recorded over 3.6 million followers on Instagram. She is now the most followed golfer on social media.

In 2018, after Michel Phelps opened up to CNN about his depression, Paige appreciated the Olympian swimmer over Twitter for boldly speaking out about his mental health. She said, “It just shows that you have no idea what’s really going on with someone.


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Michael Phelps speaks up about his mental health.

In 2018, Phelps attended an interview with David Axelrod, where he spoke about his time battling depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. It was Phelps pushing himself to the limits that caught up with him. “Really, after every Olympics I think I fell into a major state of depression,” said the 28-time Olympic medalist. He recalled that the first time he felt depressed was in 2004.

Phelps had resorted to drugs to hide from his anxiety and despair. And after the 2012 Olympics, he even contemplated suicide. “I didn’t want to be in the sport anymore … I didn’t want to be alive anymore. ” Phil spent “three to five days” just locked in his room, not eating or sleeping. It was then he realized he needed help.

Michael Phelps has grown and evolved a lot mentally since then. He attended therapy sessions and began working on getting better. Since then, he has looked for ways to help others battle their mental illnesses too. He has included stress management courses in the Michael Phelps Foundation and also works with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 14: Michael Phelps of the United States wipes his eyes during a press conference at the Main Press Centre on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The swimming champion believes that talking about it helps and that opening up about it to people was better than any gold medal. “Those moments and those feelings and those emotions for me are light years better than winning the Olympic gold medal,” he said with pride.

Paige Spiranac does her part for mental illness.

Phelps impressed Paige with the interview in which he opened up. She tweeted and said, “Courageous of @MichaelPhelps to speak about his depression,” and further went on to tell her followers that riches and fame don’t bring you happiness; “It just shows that you have no idea what’s really going on with someone. Having money, popularity, and success doesn’t equal happiness. “


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Paige Spiranac, too, has taken measures to help her followers who are fighting mental health problems. Spiranac wants to use her social media presence to do good. She personally understands being trolled and bullied. And hence, wants to help her fans deal with such things and let them know they are not alone.

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 09: Paige Spiranac of United States plays her fourth shot at the par 5, 10th hole during the first round of the 2015, Omega Dubai Ladies Masters on the Majlis Course at The Emirates Golf Club on December 9, 2015 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

The golfing star has always tried to help them by talking to them about their problems and answering any questions that they may have. She said, “Being able to give people tips and tricks to help what they’re feeling and what they’re going through is something I have been really passionate about.”


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Watch This Story – ‘Passionate’ Paige Spiranac to Make Efforts to Help People Deal With Mental Health Issues

Will the efforts of the likes of Phelps and Spiranac inspire even more people to open up and help each other in their battle with mental health? Let us know what you think in the comments below.



Sheldon Pereira

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Edited By: Manaal Siddiqui