He’s one of the biggest names in Australian cricket history, but Shane Warne has now admitted he sometimes feels “lonely” as he struggles to come to terms with single life.
In a deeply personal interview with Leigh Sales on the ABC’s 7.30 show, the 49-year-old sportsman has revealed some of his biggest life regrets, from his failed marriage and relationships, to letting his children down in the past.
The emotional star said he even saw a psychologist during his relationship with former model Liz Hurley, in a final push to find happiness and overcome his regrets.
Recalling the moment on camera, he said one of the first things he was asked to do in the session was to write his own obituary – something he tried several times to do, but really struggled with. It inspired him to make a change and be happier with who he is.
The chat also addressed Shane’s current single life following the end of his relationship with Liz. They enjoyed a very high profile romance from 2010 until 2013 and were often pictured out at red carpet events and parties, putting on loved up displays together.
They have since remained friends, but Shane admitted he misses having a partner.
“It’s lonely at times, travelling the world, commentating, playing poker, doing sponsored things, being away a lot in hotel rooms… I don’t think there’s anything better than a great relationship,” he said.
He added that he sometimes finds it hard to trust women: “It’s the hardest thing. Sometimes you don’t trust someone, or allow someone to trust you, because you’re scared they’ll sell a story.”
Despite his concerns, Shane said most of the time he’s met someone through a friend, rather than using dating apps, but even then he finds it hard to form a connection – with one of his biggest worries being that his partner will want more children.
“I don’t want any more children, I’ve got three great kids…” He said. “I’m 50 next year, so if I found someone and had a child, I’d be 70 by the time they’d be finishing school.”
He insisted: “I’m happy being single but ideally I’d be in a relationship.”
Meanwhile, the cricket star also opened up candidly about his biggest regrets in life, with his main one being: “The effect I had on my family and children. I let them down and I have to live with that for the rest of my life. My ex wife and I, to have that breakdown, is hard on kids.”
He admitted his honestly with his family, as well as endless apologies, have been the keys to getting forgiveness from his kids and keeping a relationship with them since.
He later said: “It’s hard to relive things when you’ve let down your kids and family, it’s embarrassing at times… To hurt my children, who are the most important part of my life, was really hard.”
And asked what his lowest moment personally was, Shane told Leigh: “When people thought I was a drug cheat… I don’t do drugs, I’ve never tried cocaine or any of that stuff, so when people heard I’d failed a drug test they thought I’d taken drugs… but it was a fat pill.”
Elsewhere, the cricket commentator admitted his ‘legend’ image can sometimes work against him – with him almost trying to live up to it, when he’d really prefer to be living a quieter life at home.
He said: “Perception doesn’t always equal reality. I’m not a human headline. The majority of people think they know me. Most people, even if they don’t like cricket or whatever, have an opinion about me. Good, bad, whatever it might be, even if they don’t like me, they still talk about me.”
Asked what he thinks they think of him, he added: “Well I think they think you’re a w****r. You know they might think you’re an idiot. They think you’ve got no idea. They think you’re dumb. They think all those sorts of things.
“And just because you make a few mistakes, it doesn’t mean you’re all those things. You know you might make some silly choices and mistakes, but that doesn’t mean you’re an idiot.”
Admitting he often falls down when he tries to impress friends and fans, doing anything from going out to downing shots, he went on: “You sort of feel like you’re public property and you don’t want to let them down, so you say ‘okay let’s do it’.”
Despite his wild partying days, he insisted: “I’d much rather be at home on the couch with a couple of mates.”