This is not the best news for George Clooney! In an exclusive interview with Closer Weekly, the new father-of-two opened up about some health woes he’s been experiencing. We have to admit, we would never be able to tell anything was wrong just by looking at him.

“I thought I was going to die,” he explained of his “chronic pain and headaches.” George also added, “I’ve gone from where
I can’t function, where, ‘I just can’t live like this,’ to ‘I’ve got a bad headache.’” Geez — that sounds awful! The incident that caused this happened back in 2005, when he sustained a spinal injury filming the docudrama Syriana alongside Matt Damon and Amanda Peet.

In 2011, the ER star admitted he contemplated suicide over the ordeal. “I was lying in a hospital bed with an IV in my arm, unable to move, having these headaches where it feels like you’re having a stroke, and for a short three-week period, I started to think, ‘I may have to do something drastic about this,'” he told Rolling Stone at the time.

“You start to think in terms of, you don’t want to leave a mess, so go in the garage, go in the car, start the engine. It seems like the nicest way to do it, but I never thought I’d get there. See, I was in a place where I was trying to figure out how to survive.”

One thing is for certain, though — George has his sense of humor back today. He recently opened up about his and Amal Clooney‘s twins, Ella and Alexander — who were born on June 6, 2017, and joked that he hopes they don’t wind up talking in a British accent. He quipped, “I got a little Brit in me. I spent the last six months there. I better shake them quick before they sound like you!”

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