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Olympic Champion Michael Phelps' Wife Nicole Shares Her Worries about Losing Him to Depression

Lois Oladejo
Jan 13, 2021
01:20 P.M.
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Michael Phelps' wife has opened up about her constant fear of losing the athlete amid his battle with depression. The model made this known during a recent interview with TODAY.


Nicole Phelps might be married to Michael Phelps, one of the greatest athletes of the 21st century, but the model is plagued by the fear of losing her husband.

In a recent interview with TODAY, Nicole opened up about the Olympic champion, Michael's struggle with depression, and how much she worries about losing him.


The 35-year-old explained that when Vanessa Bryant lost her husband in January 2020, she was gripped with fear and begged Michael to let her help him with his struggles.

Nicole described Micheal as the most amazing father and partner she could ever ask for, making it even harder for the mom of three to accept that she can't take her husband's pain away.


The model explained that despite wishing she could fix him, she understands that it is impossible to take Micheal's pain away. All Nicole can do is to be there for her husband. She said:

"When Michael's having a day, I want to be there for him as much as I possibly can. I want to take care of everyone."


Though Nicole is never angry about her husband's illness, she admits that it sometimes gets difficult to explain to their kids that Michael is having a bad day.

To help with her fear of losing Michael, Nicole signed up for therapy. Not only has it helped the model deal with her fears, but it has also taught her how to be there for him.

In 2018, Michael admitted to having had suicidal thoughts, adding that he lived in a bubble for the longest time.


While the novel Coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly been hard on most people, Michael and Nicole found ways to bond better and improve the quality of their love.

For the past eight months, the couple has worked out together in their home gym. In addition to this, Micahel also makes sure to cook dinner for his wife and kids. Speaking about this, Nicole said:

"We've definitely grown together through this and learned a lot."


Last month, Michael opened up about his struggle with depression and how the illness has affected Nicole and their kids, Boomer, Beckett, and Maverick.

The Olympian explained that even though Nicole wanted him to get better, she also needs support. Michael admitted that the situation is difficult for his wife.

In 2018, Michael admitted to having had suicidal thoughts, adding that he lived in a bubble for the longest time and did not want to be alive anymore.

However, despite his struggles, Michael keeps holding on, and with a loving wife like Nicole, there is hope that the pro athlete will beat the odds and come out stronger.


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