Camille Ewald, considered a second mother by Mike Tyson, Thursday disputed a newspaper interview in which the heavyweight champion admitted to a history of manic depression.
An unnamed source in the Thursday edition of the New York Post described Tyson as "out of control." That description was very different from the teenager Ewald knew growing up in her Catskill, N.Y., home."Mike is a normal, balanced boy and has very good control over himself and his body," Ewald said. "He didn't have an unusual temper. He was very mild-mannered. Now all of a sudden he needs medicine and he has this disease. He wouldn't take an aspirin for a headache when he was here."
"Mike is out of control," the source said. "He needs a lot of help. He terrorized Ruth, Robin and Phyllis in Russia," referring to Tyson's wife Robin Givens, mother-in-law Ruth Roper, and Givens' social secretary, Phyllis Polaners.
"I was born with this disease," Tyson said. "I can't help it. Maybe that's why I'm successful at what I do. I can't help it - this is the way I was all my life."
The paper said that Tyson made the admission as his marriage to Givens was near the brink of dissolving.
The source said that Tyson swallowed eight lithium pills before leaving the Soviet Union when his wife reminded him to take his medicine. Tyson travelled to Russia to be with Givens, who was filming two episodes of her television series, "Head of the Class."