September 7th, 2011
09:44 AM ET
Remember those scandalous photos of boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya wearing fishnets and lingerie from 2007? And how he insisted they were fake? Well, the boxer is finally admitting it’s him in those pictures, reports the New York Post.
In an interview with “Aqui y Ahora” (Here and Now), a news show on Univision, the “Golden Boy” owns up to the cross-dressing images after all these years, and places the blame on a combination of alcohol and cocaine.
"Let me tell you, yes, yes, it was me [in those pictures]," he told the show, saying he was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine when the pictures were taken.
"I am tired now of lying, of lying to the public and of lying to myself," says De La Hoya, 38, who checked into rehab in May. He’s been sober for more than three months.
At his lowest point after the photos leaked, De La Hoya succumbed to dark thoughts, and considered suicide.
"One of these nights when I was drunk and alone again, I asked myself, 'Is it worth it to be alive?' I was already feeling like I had nothing," he said. "And what is going through your mind are your children, your wife, the people who love you."
The boxer’s picture problems also became legal. Then-mistress Milana Dravnel, who was involved in the wild fishnet-clad romp, sued De La Hoya, claiming his handlers tricked her into saying that the photos were manipulated.
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