October 26, 2021

Soccer AM favourite Adam Smith admits ‘struggling mentally’ in brave post

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Soccer AM favourite and broadcast presenter Adam Smith has shared a brave mental health post on social media, admitting he has been struggling of late.

Smith was the man behind the popular character Frankie Fryer who entertained fans during the regular ‘Away Days’ section of the football show for a number of years.

He has since transitioned into a presenter for Sky Sports, as well as working on talkSPORT and for both the club he supports, Tottenham, and his country, England.

Smith took to Twitter to open up on his current struggles and encourage others to speak up when they are going through a tough time mentally.

Adam Smith portraying his Frankie Fryer character
Adam Smith is the man behind Frankie Fryer, a Soccer AM legend

He said: “Not gonna lie I’ve been struggling MENTALLY.

“I’m taking up to 10 insulin injections daily for my Type 1 [diabetes] as [I] can’t exercise post hernia op.

“My son got rushed to hospital by ambulance [on] Saturday and the trauma from his birth still haunts me. Don’t keep your problems bottled up.”

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Presenter Adam Smith
Smith, who is now a Sky Sports presenter, has opened up about his mental health online

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Smith usually has to administer five injections of insulin every day to stay alive, as per a separate tweet from his account in 2018.

Followers responded with messages of support and commended him for using his platform to speak out.

One said: “Keep strong mate. Remember no matter how low you feel talking to friends and family really does help.”

Adam Smith played plenty of characters on Soccer AM, including Frankie Fryer
His old character’s adventures to grounds was a source of entertainment for many football fans

“Sorry to hear that dude. Need more people like yourself to speak out publicly about mental health. We all have it and to ‘man up’ is toxic and damaging,” another replied.

A third added: “I’m really sorry to hear you’re struggling Adam. Mental health is as important as physical health, but you’re doing the right thing talking about it.

“I hope your son is OK and if you can, take some time to pause and just be with him and your wife. Family matters.”

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