Wednesday 6 July 2022 04:00 AM MAFS Australia: Cameron Merchant opens up about his stint in rehab trends now
Married At First Sight star Cameron Merchant has revealed how he hit rock bottom when his sporting career ended eight years ago.
The former cricketer, 38, who is now happily married to wife Jules Robinson, said on Wednesday he was homeless and even spent time in a 'mental rehab' facility after 'losing his purpose' in life after retirement.
'Once you lose value and you lose purpose as a cricketer, you completely lose everything that you wake up for in the morning,' he said on Gus Worland's Not An Overnight Success podcast.
Married At First Sight star Cameron Merchant (left, with wife Jules Robinson) has revealed how he hit rock bottom when his sporting career ended eight years ago
He continued: 'I remember sitting in a hospital bed, in mental rehab, and I remember thinking the only thing that was going to keep me going was that I hadn't been married yet, and I hadn't had kids.'
Cameron, who is now a father to one-year-old son Ollie, went on to say it's common for young cricketers to find themselves in trouble after retiring from the sport because they have 'no fall-back plan'.
He lost his livelihood after finishing his professional career in Canada, and ended up homeless and alone for four days at Vancouver Airport.
The former cricketer, 38, spoke about his stint in a 'mental