Why Ben Cousins won’t say he’s never going back to prison

Former AFL megastar and Brownlow Medal winner Ben Cousins threw away a life the envy of millions and the 41-year-old addict admits he’s “one of the luckiest people I know”.

Cousins had it all at the peak of his powers and was the best player in the league before winning a premiership with West Coast, but his life then spiraled out of control.

In his first interview in 10 years, Cousins opens up on a tumultuous decade of drug abuse that included several stints behind bars, in Channel 7’s explosive documentary Ben Cousins – Coming Clean, which airs on Sunday night.

Cousins speaks candidly with 7NEWS presenter Basil Zempilas about his dramatic fall from grace and life today.

Zempilas: Did you almost have it all?

Cousins: Almost, yeah. Enough to know a lot of good things have happened to me up until this point in my life. It’s important for me to remember and remind myself of that because I am one of the lucky people. I’m one of the luckiest people I know.

The broad interview covers a range of topics and there are some lighter moments with Cousins speaking about his children and an unexpected favourite singer.

“I don’t mind Whitney (Houston), that’s about all I’m prepared to say at this stage. I’m a bit partial to a love song. Should you be (embarrassed)? I don’t know,” Cousins said.


Controversial AFL player agent Ricky Nixon claims he refused tell-all interview offers for his client Ben Cousins, fearing the money would have been spent on drugs.

Nixon is a recovered drug addict himself and has spoken out ahead of Channel 7’s explosive documentary Ben Cousins – Coming Clean, which airs on Sunday night.

It’s Cousins’ first interview in 10 years as the former Brownlow Medal winner opens up on a tumultuous decade of drug abuse and several stints behind bars.

Nixon says he has “disowned” his long-time client because the 41-year-old Cousins keeps picking drugs over being a father.

“I love Ben. Now he is coming out and he is doing a big interview and I don’t agree with that, I had a deal for him that would have supported his kids at the moment,” Nixon told the Herald Sun.

“But Ben – and I am trying to say this nicely – I love him but he is at the crossroads. He has got to make a decision on what is the most important (thing), his kids or the other (drugs).

“And the moment, the other is more important.

“I guess three weeks ago I made a decision. And it happened to me. People disown you.

“True friends are going to tell you the truth so I have told him in no uncertain terms – ‘You decide. Is it going to be that or your kids… and mate I am going. See you later, I am not speaking to you ever again until I see your kids’ smiling’.

“Now the ball is in his court.”

Ben Cousins: Coming Clean airs Sunday 29 March at 7pm for Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth and 8pm for Sydney and Brisbane on Channel 7 and 7plus.

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