In an interview with Las Vegas Weekly to promote his new show at the Hollywood Theater at the MGM Grand, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth – Live on Stage, which ran through Wednesday, Mike Tyson let out some whoppers about his past. We knew he had some skeletons in his closet, but dayyyummmm!
In the second part of the interview, published last weekend, Tyson spoke with interviewer Robin Leach about how his life growing up affected his attitudes later in life. I made a lot of bad mistakes with women because my parents are both sex workers, he said. My father was a pimp, my mother a prostitute, so what kind of relationship do I know with a woman? I need to beat her over the head with a bat to prove that I love her?
He claims he's changed, though – mellowed with age – and that he no longer needs to abuse women he's in a relationship with. No, I don't like that relationship anymore. I just love my wife, and we respect and understand each other. She knows I'm a pig, I don't care about, I act like I care, I act like I'm jealous, but I just want her to know that I am there for her.
He also spoke of his years as a famous boxer, when he nearly lost the will to live. When asked about his lowest point by the interviewer, he recounted this particularly gruesome story:
Laying in bed in a hotel room - I try never to be alone, even if it's a prostitute, a dog. This is really dark. I am in my hotel suite, I've got seven women there, and I have a morphine drip, and I had my cocaine, and I had my Cialis, I had my marijuana, I had the Hennessy, and I am at my lowest point because I got paranoid and I thought these women were trying to rob me and set me up. I started beating them. I was in a dark place. There was a purpose, though, because I didn't want to give them any more of my soul.
So this is my devil, this is where I am, I am locked up alone. There is nobody there telling me that I'm doing too much. That is the devil, he won. I kicked them all out. So that was my lowest point. Oh, man. I am just very grateful to be here - my heart should have blown apart. I was sweating wide awake. No more cocaine. No more. Three years clean.
Well, almost clean – when the interviewer asked him about Viagra and Cialis, drugs for erectile dysfunction, Tyson all but admitted to continuing to take the drugs. He started by saying that he wouldn't talk about his personal life, but then spilled the beans: I don't need it, but sometimes you just need that extra boost. Anything for an extra boost. The extra boost will send you to another place.
Tyson has had a rather storied carrier, including a stint on a reality TV show where he shared his passion for pigeons. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he spoke of why he loved raising pigeons:
It's just what I am as a normal person. This is what I love to do - this is a hobby I do with childhood friends, we battle against other friends. It's a really ancient sport, before Christ even. Pigeons have had [their] place during some memorable moments in history - the pigeons were very necessary for the Crusades.... What was interesting was when Napoleon fought [the Duke of] Wellington, and when Wellington won the war, somebody was spying for the Rothschilds. He released a pigeon, the pigeon went back to the Rothschild's coop, and they got the information before anybody else that Wellington had won, and these guys bet their whole life fortune on the war. That's why they were able to make such a mass fortune.