Patrice Evra opens up on childhood trauma in Freeze the Fear

The footballer faced poverty and sexual abuse in his early years.

Credit: Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof / BBC / BBC iPlayer

Video transcript

PATRICE EVRA: Begging, yeah, in front of the shop. That, for me, was like normal. Sometimes even at midnight, you know, when they throw all the cold Big Mac and everything, we were like going on the bin and eating all of those cold Big Macs, so, yeah.

- Yeah, yeah.

- Wow.

PATRICE EVRA: I think when my dad left, it was like chaos.

- Right.

PATRICE EVRA: Yeah.

[GENTLE MUSIC]

When I was 10 years old, they divorced, my parents. That's when my mom have to deal-- in one point, we are like 13 kids in the-- in the same house. And I say, I don't have any authority anymore. So you-- you grow up. You shape yourself in the street. I always say, you know, when you're born as a Black person in this world, it's already a disadvantage. When you grow up in the street, it's about surviving.

- Can I ask how you got out of there? Because a lot of people don't. So what--

PATRICE EVRA: The football save me.

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