Harry Potter author admits feeling suicidal after past divorce
( dpa ) - Harry-Potter author Joanne K Rowling said she had felt suicidal after her divorce from her first husband, the British paper Sunday Times reported Sunday.
She had been suffering from depression and sought medical help and attended a therapy after her divorce from Portuguese journalist Jorge Arantes in the early 1990s, the author told the newspaper.
"Mid-twenties life circumstances were poor and I really plummeted," Rowling said, adding: "The thing that made me go for help ... was probably my daughter."
"She was something that earthed me, grounded me, and I thought, this isn't right, this can't be right, she cannot grow up with me in this state," she continued.
Rowling added: "We're talking suicidal thoughts here, we're not talking 'I'm a little bit miserable'.
The author, who is praised for remotivating an entire generation of children to read with her seven-part story on magical apprentice Harry Potter, wrote the first book as a single mother living in poverty in Edinburgh.
She later became one of the world's richest women, with a personal wealth of more than 650 million euros.