Dele: “Now is the Time to Talk”

Dele: “Now is the Time to Talk”

Trigger warning: Sexual abuse, addiction and mental health.

In this powerful episode of The Overlap, Gary Neville sits down to have a heartfelt conversation with Dele, as he courageously speaks about his recent circumstances on and off the pitch and the profound challenges he endured throughout his childhood and long-lasting effects of trauma it has caused him.
Dele opens up about his recent battle with addiction and his remarkable journey of rehabilitation as well his unwavering aspiration to inspire those facing similar circumstances to speak up.
Dele hopes his brave admission can inspire others to seek the help they need. If you or anyone you know has been affected by any of the themes in this interview you can speak to the following organisations.

Samaritans –
Mind –

00:00 – 02:19 What happened to Dele?
02:19 – 05:55 Mental health & rehab
05:55 – 07:05 Timeline & influence of tabloid media
07:05 – 10:27 The start of addiction & not being able to open up
10:27 – 13:32 Sleeping tablets in Football and Dele’s experience
13:32 – 17:06 Mourinho & the start of career difficulty
17:33 – 19:15 Upbringing & childhood trauma
19:15 – 20:43 Adoption and teenage life
20:43 – 23:48 Relationship with birth parents
23:55 – 25:40 How rehab in USA has helped Dele
25:40 – 26:46 Having passion back for football & inspiring others
26:46 – 29:20 Poch & life at Spurs
29:20 – 31:39 The truth about being called “lazy” by Mourinho
31:39 – 33:46 Relationship with Kane and Dier
34:05 – 35:21 Becoming a better player and person
35:21 – 39:17 Moving forward & the media’s perception
39:17 – 42:05 Everton & getting back on the pitch
42:05 – 43:25 Conclusion & advice for others

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27 Responses

  1. Ben Foster - The Cycling GK says:

    This really takes some bravery. There’s more than one way to be a role model ❤

    Great interview as well GNev

  2. Sajjan Raj Vaidya says:

    Good on you, Dele. And Neville. ❤

    • Repent and believe in Jesus Christ says:

      Repent to Jesus Christ “For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,”
      ‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭2‬:‭5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

    • pointing out the obvious says:

      @Repent and believe in Jesus Christ and yet unless youre a Roman Catholic youre going to hell…

  3. ABC says:

    What an unbelievable guy this man is. Having gone through similar myself and the struggle it was to even open up to my closest family I can’t imagine how hard this was for you. What a man! A real man!!

  4. Mark Linehan says:

    He’s literally saving lives by doing this. Inspirational. Survivor. We have NO IDEA what people are going through inside.

  5. Michael Fay says:

    If he is remembered for this more than football, then that’s a far more worthwhile legacy! Well played Dele! ✊🏻❤️

  6. Olly Hamar says:

    Dele, you’ve saved so many lives with this interview. Your an absolute warrior. There’s alot of young men out there that need to listen to this. I wish you all the best in the future.

  7. Spencer FC says:

    Brilliant. Wish Dele all the best. Thank you for sharing your story.

  8. Sam Markus says:

    Major props to Dele for being so open about his addiction and his recovery process. I’m happy that he’s getting the help that he needs

  9. adambassmusic says:

    I feel so guilty that I allowed the media to taint my view of Dele. I actually cried watching this because of how sad his life was and how brave he is to get through it. I really hope he succeeds in the future and I’ll be a supporter for life. Well done lad ❤👍

  10. MichaelSkibitybados says:

    I always knew something was up with him and he wasn’t just “lazy”. Takes courage to open up about everything and he’s going to help so many others by doing so. You can tell he’s a deep genuine guy, I’ve got a lot of respect for him

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