Retired cross-code rugby star Sonny Bill Williams has lifted the lid on one of Sydney’s biggest celebrity scandals and revealed that he “was a slave to my desires and desires” before converting to Islam.
Williams, the one-time NRL marvel who had the world at his feet, has opened up in his upcoming autobiography You Can’t Stop The Sun From Shining, exploring his past as a female teacher who liked to party.
The now retired double-code rugby star and boxer says “no one” noticed his drinking problems early in his career, which led him to spiral.
“I was selfish and I had no one to answer to. Like so many young people in today’s society, I had no boundaries and I struggled to set some up on my own. It was up to me, but I did not know what to do about it or how to do it, ”he writes.
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“The party culture, the money, the access to drugs and alcohol. I struggled with it, but I did not say no. ”
Williams famously went out on his Canterbury teammates to take a lucrative rugby offer in France in one of the competition’s biggest PR disasters.
But it was his infamous encounter with former Ironwoman Candice Warner (nee Falzon) that made the biggest headlines.
“There were other moments where I got caught up in the party’s tough culture after a game, drank too much, took drugs and let myself down,” Williams says.
“And then there was an incident at a nightclub in 2007 when I was fooling around with a woman in a toilet stall.
“Both she and I will have to live with that mistake for the rest of our lives. It made headlines around a good part of the world. It was embarrassing, and not just for myself. There is, of course, the woman involved, even though she was a single adult woman, and therefore it was not the task of others what she did.
“But I had a boyfriend at home who was humiliated in public and suffered from the pain of being cheated. She certainly did not deserve to be at the center of a media storm. ”
The moment of the Sydney scandal continues to haunt both Williams and Warner, with her now Australian cricketer David Warner cruelly trolled by South African fans on a recent tour that ended in Cape Town’s sandpaper scandal.
Williams’ book is out next week.