A PREMIER League winner says he ended up in hospital after trying to take his own life.
But the 37-year-old has now revealed he was “lost” during his spells without a club after leaving the Foxes in 2019.
“I won’t be the first and I won’t be the last,” he told ChronicleLive. “You’re just lost in a world. You don’t know where you belong.
“You are used to being told what to do and, all of a sudden, you’re not and you don’t realise how regimented it was.”
The right-back also confessed to trying to take his own life.
Simpson said: “I don’t remember that person anymore. I don’t really remember too much of it. Even now, I hope that person is long gone.
“Sometimes you have to go through that to come out the other side and realise what you’ve got.”
He left his last club Bristol City in 2022 and revealed in November that he was training with Macclesfield FC while studying for his coaching badges at Old Trafford.
The footballer came through the Red Devils academy before making eight appearances for the senior team.
After underwhelming loans at Royal Antwerp, Sunderland, Ipswich Town and Blackburn he went on to sign for Newcastle after a season-long loan in 2010.
He then became a crucial part of Leicester City’s Premier League win in 2016.
And he is joined by the likes of Joleon Lescott, Nedum Onuoha, Danny Drinkwater, John O’Shea and Ravel Morrison.
He was sentenced to 300 hours’ community service. It was later reduced by half.
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