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James Packer reveals the FIRST thing he wants to do when he returns to Sydney next year

James Packer reveals FIRST thing he wants to do when he returns to Sydney after losing 25kg in 75 days since he quit his antidepressants and antipsychotics: ‘I’m the happiest I’ve been in years’

  • Former Crown owner James Packer said he was taking seven ‘mood-altering drugs’
  • The ‘antidepressants and antipsychotics’ were supposed to help with his mental health
  • Packer said he has lost 25kg in over two months and is prioritizing his well-being
  • Looking forward to swimming in Bondi and seeing the completed Crown Sydney

James Packer is looking forward to jumping into the ocean at Bondi Beach and seeing the completed Sydney Crown casino when he returns to Australia for the first time in two years.

The billionaire said he is now the ‘happiest’ he’s been in years, having lost 25kg in 75 days and ditching the seven mood-altering drugs he was taking to help with his mental health.

The 54-year-old former CEO of Crown Resorts will return to Sydney in March with his ex-wife Erica and their three children Indigo, 13, Jackson, 12, and Emmanuelle, nine.

It will be Mr Packer’s first time in Australia since January 2020.

“I weigh about 130kg now and aim to get back to 100kg by the end of 2022. I want to swim with my kids in Bondi next year when we are all together in Sydney and weigh 100kg,” he said. The weekend Australian from his home in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

The businessman said he stopped taking the antidepressants and antipsychotics he was given in March and now wants to “rehabilitate” his reputation in Australia.

James Packer looks forward to jumping into the ocean at Bondi Beach and seeing the completed Sydney Crown casino when he returns to Australia for the first time in two years

James Packer looks forward to jumping into the ocean at Bondi Beach and seeing the completed Sydney Crown casino when he returns to Australia for the first time in two years

“I’m really looking forward to seeing Crown Sydney…it wasn’t appropriate for me to be in Australia for the past few years,” he said.

Mr Packer sold Crown to private equity firm Blackstone for $8.9 billion in a deal completed last week, netting the businessman $3.3 billion.

The sale marked the end of an important chapter in his life, which was at times mired in controversy amid investigations into the company and allegations of money laundering.

Despite the investigations, the billionaire has credited his casinos in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney for changing the cities ‘for the better’.

The father of three said he is now excited to begin his ‘third act’ and plans to return to public life in Australia.

Mr Packer, pictured last year, now hopes to embrace a life of health and wellness after losing 25kg in just over two months

Mr Packer, pictured last year, now hopes to embrace a life of health and wellness after losing 25kg in just over two months

Erica, Mr. Packer's ex-wife, and their three children are seen on Bondi beach.  The family will be staying at the Crown Sydney in March

Erica, Mr. Packer’s ex-wife, and their three children are seen on Bondi beach. The family will be staying at the Crown Sydney in March

When he arrives in Sydney next year, he will be staying with his family in his former company’s new luxury skyscraper overlooking the harbour.

Erica will renovate the $72 million apartment that will serve as a home for when family members are in the NSW capital.

The last time Mr. Packer saw the landmark building was in January 2020, and he was last seen in public just eight months later when he appeared on a video link from his $250 million yacht while investigating Crown’s casino license in NSW.

Packer said he will visit Crown Sydney (above) for the first time in March on his first Australian trip since January 2020

Packer said he will visit Crown Sydney (above) for the first time in March on his first Australian trip since January 2020

Mr Packer is seen with former flame Mariah Carey in 2016

Mr Packer is seen with former flame Mariah Carey in 2016

Mr. Packer said he was enjoying life more than ever before, prioritizing his family and his well-being.

“The sale of Crown is the end of my Act 2 and the beginning of my Act 3. I want to learn from my mistakes and hope for a meaningful and successful Act 3,” he said.

He also wants to be involved in the public debate in Australia, including on topics such as China, mental health and artificial intelligence.

Mr. Packer acknowledged that he had been “incredibly lucky” in his life with an estimated net worth of $5.72 billion today, and he now hopes to help those “who are far less fortunate than me.”

Mr Packer is seen with the late Shane Warne and ex-wife Erica Packer at the 2012 Melbourne races

Mr Packer is seen with the late Shane Warne and ex-wife Erica Packer at the 2012 Melbourne races

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