Former Scotland international Stuart Hogg has revealed on his Instagram account that he has spent time in a rehabilitation centre after feeling ‘lost.’

Hogg put a post out under the headline, “it’s been tough.’ 

The 31-year-old retired from rugby last summer but has remained in the headlines amid marital strife and a new relationship with high-profile jockey Leonna Mayor.

In February, Hogg was arrested at his former family home following reports of a disturbance.

The MBE admitted in the statement he has "made mistakes", detailing his horror at family disputes becoming public and the subsequent torrent of abuse received as a result.

The ex British and Irish Lion said : “I was lost, needed help, direction, time away from the spotlight to be able to take a deep breath and think. I’ve been so concerned about what people thought of me, how I was coming across, the impact I would have on them and how I would survive the day. I lived every moment in my head and it wasn’t healthy.

"Spending time at a rehabilitation centre allowed me to reset, learn about myself and talk about how I felt, without being judged. It’s not been easy but it was the right thing to do. Taking accountability was the first step in the right direction. I accept I have made mistakes and understand why I acted as I did.

"Personal, private issues being played out in the public eye and online abuse are things that have impacted me significantly, I’ve not been able to deal with it. Online abuse is NOT ok.

"Having some time away has allowed me to see the world differently, be grateful for the things I have and most importantly, be excited about what is in front of me in the short, medium and long term.

"Thank you to everyone who has been in touch and offered support, friendship and love. You have helped me through the darkest of times and I will look forward to embracing what is next with you all."