"Hell is when everyone turns their back on you," Ben Arfa told French football publication Onze Mondial.
"Well, no, hell is when you can't see the end of the tunnel. You're on your own, with no one to support you and you move forward in the fog. You don't know where you're going, you just know that you're going in the wrong path. I've lived all of that.
"Now, I'm lucky to have a club and especially a coach who support me. It's paradise compared to what I went through. I don't feel lonely anymore. I feel loved."
During his time at St James' Park, between 2010 and 2015, 28-year-old winger Ben Arfa made just 86 appearances in all competitions for Newcastle.