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Dele Alli: Everton Midfielder Reveals Sexual Abuse At Age Six

Alli recognized that he had fallen into a destructive cycle, relying on harmful coping mechanisms.

In a heartfelt interview with former England footballer Gary Neville, Dele Alli revealed the abuse he endured as a child before being adopted at the age of 12.

Alli disclosed that he was “molested” at six years old, started smoking at seven, and became involved in drug dealing by the age of eight.

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At 27 years old, Alli recently spent six weeks in rehab due to an addiction to sleeping pills and mental health issues.

Considered one of football’s most promising talents, Alli played a key role in England’s journey to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup and helped Tottenham reach the Champions League final in 2019.

However, his performance declined, leading him to leave Spurs and join Everton in February 2022, followed by a loan spell at Turkish club Besiktas last season.

Alli, who earned 37 caps for England, last represented his country in 2019. He returned to Everton at the end of the previous season due to injury.

Speaking to SurgeZirc UK, Alli shared his decision to seek help and undergo rehabilitation at a modern facility addressing addiction, mental health, and trauma.

He emphasized the importance of making the personal choice to seek treatment, acknowledging that external pressure alone would not yield results.

Alli recognized that he had fallen into a destructive cycle, relying on harmful coping mechanisms.”

I was putting on a brave face, going to training with a smile, pretending to be happy, but internally, I was definitely losing the battle,” Alli admitted. ”

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It was time for me to make a change.”Everton issued a statement expressing their support for Alli’s courage in discussing his struggles and seeking necessary help.

They requested respect for his privacy as he continues his recovery from injury and receives comprehensive care and support for his physical and mental well-being.

 

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