Will Ospreay has opened up on being diagnosed with autism and ADHD, and discussed how he has tried to use the way he uses social media in recent times.
Former IWGP United States Champion Will Ospreay has often had a lot to say on social media, and it has led to spats with the likes of Kenny Omega and Seth Rollins. This also led to Ospreay’s match with Omega at Wrestle Kingdom, where he lost the title belt.
However, in a discussion with Renee Paquette on her The Sessions podcast, Will Ospreay discussed how he found out he had autism and ADHD, and how it hampered his early education.
I got diagnosed with ADHD in 2019 because I felt like there was something wrong with me. I was dyslexic after I finished school. The only things I passed was drama and PE. English, math, science, all the things that you need to get to college, I failed that. I just had to go to work. I wanted to try to get to college, and then I went through something, I feel like the term used was ‘learning syndrome,’ I can’t remember what it was, but they said it was a form of dyslexia. I don’t read very well, I’m not very good at writing. I’ve always sruggled with that.
Sometimes, I tweet something and I haven’t read it properly so it’s a bunch of spelling mistakes. It’s proper embrassing. A grown ass man, I have a mortgage, and I can’t even read and write. The ADHD came about in 2019, late, I called my doctor, I wasn’t feeling good, they gave me some tests and I found out what it was. I don’t want it to be an excuse, but I feel like that’s why I’ve gotten myself in so much trouble, because I haven’t thought about the repercussions, I just go. I’m growing up now. I’m nearly 30, I have to grow up sometime soon.
The autism thing, I went through a doctor thing, I think it was the start of 2020, the pandemic kicked in, and I’ve never wrote back. I do feel I’m on the spectrum, but I haven’t had that guarantee. The other two, I got diagnosed, the other one, I’ve still yet to have answers for. The wait list is f***ing long. Even if I did have it, I don’t see it as a detriment. I see it as a superpower. All of us autistic kids, we’re so much better than regular, normal people. We can lock into shit and do it. To all my autism kids out there, we’re top.
Will Ospreay also discussed how he regrets some of his past comments on social media, but has worked hard to make amends for it.
I’ve actually done a lot of soul searching with this because I feel like I was an absolute cunt when it comes to these things. I feel like I don’t think about what I write. I’m dyslexic as f***, I don’t really understand it, I’ve been on the spectrum for f***ing autism and have mad ADHD. I don’t think about shit, I just do it. I feel like I’ve used it as a diary for so long and I’ve not realized that I’m tweeting to hundreds of thousands of people. I feel like I’ve let myself down and I’ve let down anyone who wants to be a firm supporter of me.
I do feel like an absolute twat sometimes when I read back some of my old stuff. The best thing I can do right now, everything I’ve ever done when it comes to social media and someone has told me that I’ve f***ed up, I put my hands up and I say, ‘I’m f***ing sorry.’ I’ve come to a realization, no one gives a f*** about your opinion. No one cares about my opinion, so why the f*** am I even tweeting it?
I’m at a point now where I’m really trying hard to educate myself and be more mindful towards other people. I’ve gone above the line of duty to make amends to people I’ve fallen out with and shit like that. I don’t feel I’m an asshole. I can admit where I’m a c***, but I’m a nice c***. I’m trying my best to mend fences.
Despite losing the IWGP United States Championship to ‘The Best Bout Machine’ at Wrestle Kingdom, Will Ospreay and Kenny Omega did earn a 6.25 star rating from Dave Meltzer, which ties him at the top of the table for the most 5 star+ matches.
With thanks to Fightful for the transcription.