When Peter FitzSimons spoke to Mia Freedman earlier this year on Mamamia’s No Filter podcast, he was impressively candid about the transformative effect his sobriety had on his health and mental wellbeing.
Now Lisa Wilkinson has revealed her husband’s decision to stop drinking in December 2014 also overhauled their 24-year marriage.
Speaking to the Australian Women’s Weekly, the Today host said after years of coming home to find FitzSimons sleeping off long lunches, of conflicts and steely silences, both he and their relationship are healthy.
“I feel like I have my husband back,” she said.
While FitzSimons chose to back away from booze mostly for the sake of his physical health, he’s the first to admit his heavy drinking negatively impacted his mood.
So much so that Wilkinson says he began to transform into a darker version of himself; someone vastly different from the man she married.
“He stopped caring when he had alcohol. He wouldn’t care too much what he’d say to me, he’d be careless, he might upset me — and it actually takes a lot to upset me,” the 56-year-old told the magazine.
Their precious time together became more scarce, their fights more frequent.
“Either an argument would start and I’d extricate myself, or I’d think, ‘this is probably going to end in an argument so I’ll extricate myself’.”
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