"I've had a hard time sometimes. A lot was coming at me, a lot was getting to me," he told Voetbal International.
"That I have been able to turn it around to love and respect is something very valuable to me.
"I think that makes it beautiful. You don't see that very often in this world.
"Players start behaving differently, acting differently than they actually are. I don't, I always remain true to myself. That fills me with pride. No one can say they helped me with that, because they didn't."