How Gazza feared Gaza stories were about him
Paul Gascoigne has revealed he used to get paranoid hearing the Gaza Strip mentioned on the news because he feared it was another negative news story about him.
The former England footballer - known as Gazza - has opened up about his life and career in a new documentary film Gascoigne, which premiered in London last night.
Gascoigne (inset) told reporters: "I had a great career. There's been parts since I stopped playing that I've really enjoyed, and then I get knocked down again for no reason.
"Sometimes it's got to the stage now where I hate Saturday nights, because jack sh*t knows what's coming in the papers on Sunday."
The 48-year-old from Gateshead enjoyed a record-breaking career in football, but has also battled mental illness, drugs and alcohol addiction. He was sectioned by his family when he became convinced his phone was being hacked, but last month won victory in the High Court as one of the celebrities awarded damages for phone hacking by Mirror Group Newspapers.