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Danielle Staub Says Reality TV Made Her Suicidal

Disclaimer: You may want to flog me for what I’m about to say, but I must say it. As a person who has suffered a serious bout of depression, I have the utmost empathy for anyone who is suicidal. But I just have to question Danielle Staub‘s motivation for doing an interview with “Entertainment Tonight” in which she says that she was suicidal after appearing on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” It seems a little like she is trying to capitalize on Russell Armstrong’s suicide because, in true form, she jumped at the opportunity to force herself into the spotlight. Now, if I’m wrong about Staub’s motivations, then I’m sorry. But why would she share her suicidal thoughts with her kids? And why would she tell us about it? Why, if she thinks the pressures of reality television contributed to her depression, would she continue to be part of that world? (She is currently a cast member on Vh1′s “Famous Food”). Something about her confession doesn’t sit right with me. This woman needs to sit down with a professional, not “ET.” [ONTD]

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Evening Quickies: Taylor Armstrong Reacts To Estranged Husband’s Suicide

  • “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”‘s Taylor Armstrong released a statement about her estranged husband Russell Armstrong’s apparent suicide yesterday: “Taylor Armstrong is devastated by the tragic events that have unfolded. She requests privacy at this time so that she may comfort her young daughter. Her thoughts and prayers are also with Russell’s 11- and 13-year-old sons.” The couple separated last month with Taylor accusing Russell of domestic abuse. [Gossip Cop]
  • Will anyone be watching Casey Anthony’s parents, George and Cindy Anthony, do their first post-acquittal interview on “The Dr. Phil Show”? The ickiness airs September 12. [People]
  • Is Scientology the reason Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony split? [The Superficial]

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“Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills” Husband, Russell Armstrong, Commits Suicide

Russell Armstrong, the estranged husband of Taylor Armstrong of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” was found dead Monday afternoon, the victim of an apparent suicide. Russell was found hanging in the bedroom of his Mulholland Drive home, but uncovered no suicide note. Wife Taylor was not in the home at the time. She filed for divorce last month, claiming Russell physically abused her. The couple have a young daughter named Kennedy. [Hit Dan Back, TMZ] Keep reading »

8 Things You Should Know About Blake Fielder-Civil, Amy Winehouse’s Ex-Husband

When we heard the very sad news that Amy Winehouse had been found dead in her apartment on Saturday, we were a little curious how Blake Fielder-Civil—Winehouse’s ex-husband who she had called the love of her life—would respond. Apparently, he has been in jail since June, serving two years for stealing to get money to buy drugs. Now, Fielder-Civil is on suicide watch at Leeds’ Armley Jail. The incarcerated drug addict reportedly collapsed sobbing when he was informed by prison guards that Winehouse had died. He told the UK’s The Sun newspaper, “I’m beyond inconsolable … my tears won’t dry.” He continued, “I will never ever again feel the love I felt for her. Everybody who knew me and knew Amy knew the depth of our love. I can’t believe she’s dead.”

The ill-fated couple was only married for two years but were involved for much longer; one of their early breakups inspired her album Back To Black. So, who is this man, Blake Fielder-Civil, whom Amy Winehouse called the love of her life? Keep reading »

Jonathan Rhys Meyers Hospitalized After Suicide Attempt

Jonathan Rhys Meyers of “The Tudors” was reportedly hospitalized this week after trying to commit suicide by overdosing on pills, People and The Sun are reporting. The 33-year-old actor, who’s clocked in five stints in rehab for alcohol abuse over the years, was allegedly found slumped over on the ground by paramedics who responded to an emergency call at his London home. Meyers reportedly spent the night at the hospital following the suicide scare and was discharged the next day. This is extremely distressing news, given how he’s such a talented actor. I hope he gets the help he needs. Love ya, Jonathan! [People, The Sun UK] Keep reading »

“Teen Mom”‘s Amber Portwood Attempted Suicide

“Teen Mom” was always real … but it just got real. Emergency personnel responded to Amber Portwood‘s house in Anderson, Indiana, on Tuesday morning after a call from Gary Shirley’s mother claimed the 21-year-old mother was depressed and threatening to kill herself. According to Star magazine, police arrived to find Portwood lying face-up on a couch with a rope “loosely knotted around her neck.” She was apparently fading in and out of consciousness and needed an oxygen mask to help stabilize her before she was taken to a local hospital. Amber Portwood’s life, as chronicled on MTV and in the tabs, has always been a hot mess — from her boy drama to her arrest for assaulting Gary Shirley, the father of her kid — and I’m sorry to see how it’s affecting her. Mental illness is not something that can be ignored in hopes that it just goes away. I hope Amber Portwood and MTV take this suicide attempt seriously and get her the help she needs.

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Girl Talk: And I Thought My Addictions Were Strange…

Thanks to the new TV show, “My Strange Addiction,” I have nothing to feel ashamed about. The TLC series, which offers rubbernecking shock value, made my own struggles with addiction seem more commonplace. Keep reading »

Oprah Talks About Getting Pregnant At 14, Drinking Detergent As A Cry For Help

“Me getting pregnant was a result of bad choices, not having boundaries, sexual abuse from the time I was 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. … My mother said, ‘You can’t stay here,’ so I had to move with my father in Nashville. I hid the whole thing. … My father as part of his decree about what’s gonna go on in his house and what isn’t gonna go on in the house said … ‘I would rather see a daughter of mine floating down the Cumberland River than to bring shame on this family with the indecency of an illegitimate child.’ He said this and I know that I am pregnant. So I’m thinking, ‘Well, I’m just going to have to kill myself.’ … I did stupid things like, you know, drinking detergent and all that crazy stuff that you do when you’re trying to get attention, when you’re really just trying to cry for help.”

Oprah talks to Piers Morgan about getting pregnant at age 14, and feeling “no connection to [the baby] whatsoever.” Shortly after the detergent drinking incident, Oprah lost the baby. She says that she took it as her second chance. Watch more of the powerful interview here. [via NY Daily News] Keep reading »

Today In Terribleness: 14-Year-Old Girl Commits Suicide When ID’d After Statutory Rape

A week ago today, 14-year-old Samantha Kelly of Huron Township, Michigan, came home from school and hung herself. Why would a young girl take her own life? Over the past few months, her classmates at Huron High School had been bullying Samantha when they learned her family was pushing a statutory rape charge against an 18-year-old classmate. A police investigation found that the September incident between Samantha and Joseph Tarnopolski had in fact been consensual, but at 14 she was still under the age of consent. Tarnopolski was charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct and in the past several months, Samantha was getting taunted for accusing him. Keep reading »

Tim Gunn Admits He Attempted Suicide

Tim Gunn admits he once attempted suicide in a PSA for the Trevor Project—a hotline for LGBT and questioning youth. “As a 17-year-old youth who was in quite a bit of despair, I attempted to kill myself,” he confesses. “When I woke up the next morning after taking more than 100 pills, I was in a whole other level of despair. I thought, ‘I shouldn’t be here. This isn’t what was meant to be.’” His message is that “it gets better” and “you can’t do this alone.” It certainly got better for Tim. He found a way to make it work and in doing so he’s had a very successful life and career. I commend him for making this video. It’s raw and honest and I think it will inspire a lot of young people. Keep reading »

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