25-year-old reality star Savannah Chrisley recently got vulnerable and candid about a touchy subject during an episode of her podcast “Unlocked.” Speaking with mental health and addiction awareness advocate Patrick Custer, Chrisley spoke about a suicide attempt she had when she was 15 prior the filming of her family’s hit Chrisley Knows Best.
Chrisley said that she remembered her parents being there when she woke in the hospital following the attempt, and about how she lied to doctors about her condition.
“Even at that time, I remember lying to the doctors because I didn’t want to be held at the hospital,” she said. “I just kind of remember masking over. … You know, that was just, like, a hiccup. I’m fine, I’m not crazy.”
This was not the first time that Chrisley has spoken about her mental health struggles publicly; she spoke about the impact of her parents’ legal troubles in an earlier episode of the same podcast.
Savannah’s parents, Todd and Julie, 50, are both facing 12 and seven years in prison respectively for fraud.
Since her parents’ sentencing Chrisley has adopted her brother Grayson,16, and niece Chloe, 10. While she “freaking love[s] those two kids more than life itself,” she did touch upon how the whole experience is making her question if she wants kids and the impact it is having on her mentally.
“I try to be a good, like, adult figure in their life, but it’s really hard being 25 and having two kids and trying to figure out what’s best for them because normally you get to grow — like you get to grow from one to two to three to four,” she said. “Like, you get to grow through the ages. Now, I’m just being, like, thrown into it.”
But Chrisley has countered these points as she explained how she finds hope through it all while spending time with Grayson and Chloe.
“There’s little moments to where for instance, like in the car driving to see dad this weekend, Chloe and Grayson are sitting in the backseat, and they’re telling me different songs to play and they’re sitting next to each other and they’re just like laughing and singing and cutting up and in that moment for a split second, I was like, ‘OK, we’re going to be OK,’” she shared.
“Seeing two kids in the midst of their whole world falling apart, headed to see their dad in federal prison. Like, they’re sitting here laughing and cutting up and playing with each other and that gave me a little bit of hope that I’m doing OK.”
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.