Prince William Praises Dele Alli For Opening Up About His Mental Health And Childhood Trauma That Led Him To Check Into A Rehab Clinic

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Following Dele Alli’s admission of his childhood tragedy, Prince William complimented the Everton player as “brave and inspirational.”

Dele boldly acknowledged in an emotional interview with former England defender Gary Neville that one of his alcoholic mother’s acquaintances had assaulted him when he was six years old and that as an adult, he had developed a sleeping pill addiction.

Stars and admirers from all over the world have surrounded him since his interview, including the Prince of Wales, who tweeted a personal message of support for him for being so honest about his mental health.

Prince William said in a touching show of support: ‘Brave and inspirational @dele_official. Discussing mental health is not a sign of weakness. Let’s keep the conversation going. We’re all with you and we wish you the very best. W’.

Dele also stated in the interviews how miserable his early years with his original family had been before he was adopted at the age of 12.

‘When I was six I was molested by mum’s friend… because my mum was an alcoholic,’ he said in the one-to-one on with Neville on The Overlap, ‘That happened at six.’

He continued: ‘And then I was sent to Africa to learn discipline and then I was sent back. At seven I started smoking and then at eight I started selling drugs.

‘An older person told me they wouldn’t stop a kid on a bike so I’d ride around with my football and underneath I’d have drugs.

‘At 11 I was hung off a bridge… by a guy from the next estate. A man. By 12 I was adopted but from then it was like I was adopted by an amazing family.’

He was born Bamidele Jermaine Alli to Denise and his Nigerian father Kehinde. After Denise and Kehinde, Dele’s parents, met in a nightclub, they welcomed Dele a year later. However, his parents split when he was just three years old.

His mother, an alcoholic, had four children with four separate boyfriends before giving birth to him.

Dele has acknowledged that when he was a young man growing up in Milton Keynes, he mixed with “the wrong crowd.”

‘I got into trouble a few times when I was younger. I hung around with the wrong people,’ he told The Sun in 2017.

‘With the older boys, I tried to do what they did. We weren’t in a very good area.

‘Football gave me the opportunity to actually put my energy into something else than hanging out on the street at 12 years old until 2am.’

Speaking later to MailOnline, Dele confessed: ‘Football was a great distraction from the path I was heading down.

‘I’m very lucky to have met people who helped me through the hardest of times and have helped me grow into the person I am today.’

Before beginning his brief relationship with Denise, his father, a native of Nigeria, was enrolled at De Montfort University for a Masters degree. The relationship terminated three years after Dele’s birth.

Before returning to his mother at the age of 11 after his father remarried and moved to Houston, Texas, Dele lived with his billionaire father for a period in a 10-room home in Nigeria, attended a private school, and was attended to by three maids.

His talent for football was quickly recognized, and he moved in with teammate Harry Hickford’s family and started practicing five days a week with MK Dons.

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