"To be clear, yes, I was in a very dark place after Rio, but I never thought about taking my own life," Lochte told TMZ Sports. "That's the media twisting what I told ESPN. I would never do that. That's not me."
Lochte's public reptuation took a hit last summer when he confirmed he embellished a story in which he said he was robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro. Instead, Lochte and three others were being held at a gas station by armed officials until they paid for damage they caused to a nearby bathroom.
"After Rio, I was probably the most hated person in the world," Lochte said in his interview with Glock. "There were a couple of points where I was crying, thinking, 'If I go to bed and never wake up, fine.'"
Glock asked Lochte if he was referencing suicide, and he nodded before saying, "I was about to hang up my entire life."
The International Olympic Committee, United States Olympic Committee and USA Swimming all handed Lochte a 10-month suspension last September, a ban that extended through the 2017 world championships in July.
Lochte returned to competition at the U.S. Masters Swimming Spring Nationals in April, and he hinted to Glock a desire to compete in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.