They are the media power couple that everyone thought had it all. However, a new interview reveals that Lisa Wilkinson and Peter FitzSimons’ marriage was on the rocks.
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In an interview with Australian Women’s Weekly the pair share that Peter’s drinking almost brought down his career and their marriage. Peter denies that he was ever an alcoholic but does admit that he was self-medicating with alcohol to deal with his stressful and hectic word and life schedule.
Peter’s drinking would mean there would be more arguments with Lisa when he got home. Lisa told the magazine, “He stopped caring when he had alcohol. He wouldn’t care too much what he’d say to me, he’d be careless he might upset me — and it actually takes a lot to upset me.” She then added, “He just wasn’t the man I married. We were missing out on time spent together, which we love”.
The couple, who have been married for 24 years, were always open about everything in their lives. Unless, as Lisa said, she was “pissed off about something — and that usually followed an alcoholic lunch.”
It wasn’t until a business lunch that Peter asked a workmate why he wasn’t drinking after drinking an entire bottle of wine himself that he realised there might be a problem. He changed his life after that, giving up the drink, and focusing on his health and the health of his relationship.
Lisa said, “I feel like I have my husband back”. Peter is also taking his journey to the people with a new book, The Great Aussie Bloke Slim-Down, that will help other “blokes” to get healthier as well. Peter adds “As for alcohol, just give it a go for a month and see if your life is not better without it.”