Last month, The Real Housewives of Orange County star revealed she had attempted suicide at 21-years-old, following a painful divorce from her then-husband Darren Vieth. But it wasn't the only time Barney felt utterly helpless. Now, she's revealed that she had tried to take her life yet again with prescription painkillers. The attempt happened around the age of 25, after a terrible argument with her boyfriend of three years.
“It was exactly the same situation,” she reveals to In Touch magazine. “I was in another bad relationship. So I took a large amount of prescription painkillers.”
Tamra says that relationship made her feel helpless and she felt suicide was the only way out. "Feeling stuck in that situation caused me to try and do it again. I didn't know what to do. I thought, 'Okay, this is it. I can't do this again."
What played a part in her attempts to take her own life? The 45-year-old
says genetics and a history of growing up in a "nonemotional" home
played a part. “We have a long line of people who struggled with
depression in my family," she says. "My grandmother was schizophrenic,
and it just kind of trickles down."
Thankfully, Tamra survived and soon was prescribed anti-depressants for the next decade. But it's not like everything has been blue-sky for the Housewife. When her marriage to businessman Simon Barney ended in 2012, the ordeal affected her physically. "I had extremely bad intestinal problems because I was so unhappy," she confessed.
These days, Tamra is in a much healthier--and happier--place thanks to her new husband Eddie. "My life with [him] is wonderful," she says. "He's an amazing man. I'm so thankful that I've finally found my happiness!"
Tamra... I have heard you say many times that you don't know how to handle emotions from growing up in a "nonemotional" home. I was reading a book this afternoon and I thought about you (strange....I know). For you and your family you really MUST read this book! The Heart of the Soul by Gary Zukav.
If you are so happy start acting like it! Stop being such a mean girl! Did you and Heather get together before you filmed with Gretchen so you both could try and make it seem while filming that she was lying and jealous? Why didn't you tell Gretchen you and Alexis had talked and were mending fences that's why she was invited? Why were you still bad mouthing Alexis to Gretchen after you talked to Alexis? Now you are bad-mouthing Gretchen behind her back! You know she didn't lie about the Malibu Country situation. Heather couldn't even keep her story straight! You have everything going for you except some much needed therapy. Get some.
Tamra...in seasons past you were a mean troublemaker, but I tried to justify it because of your alleged domination and humiliation by someone like Simon. OK...I got it. Now, however, you have Eddie, a new life, new businesses, and you're still a mean troublemaker. What gives??? I don't get it.
And by the way, did you have any idea what Gretchen and Slade were going thru with his son? You guys all got so upset when they were on the phone at Heather's tv thing but you just assumed the worst. Gretchen and Slade are facing something very tough but they don't talk about it very much. Gretchen is not the kind of person who goes around spreading misery and "woe is me" and throwing pity parties for herself -- she's not like that. She cares about others and keeps her own problems to herself so as not to add to anyone else's (unlike someone else, possibly named Vicki?) . She's a good person and a great friend, please remember that.
Oh tamra, once again you jumped the gun...Gretchen has been nothing but a friend to you and seems to really be a caring person. She was only looking out for your best interest.....Alexis is too self-centered to be a good friend and Gretchen was just trying to gently remind you. You are being way too kind to Alexis and blaming Gretchen for something she is not doing. You are hurting Gretchen to try and please someone that doesn't really matter. Gretchen just cares about you.
Tamra, you are so cool and pretty, i kid u not we don;t even judge or like white girls.. But w. u we adore u grl
I know how hard it is to be in that dark place. You finally have the life you always wanted so enjoy every minute of it. Keep your communication open with Eddie . Stay honest and loyal and everything will work out. good luck
That's too much information, but I am glad your children had a counselor to talk about their feelings now. I guess you are the oldest sibling that is why the way you act! No pressure from anybody! God bless
Tamra, congratulations! Kudos to you! Finally finding happiness with a partner is a dream come true for you. A dream many of us strive or and have yet fallen short. You give us hope!
Tamra is just one of those people who has always been and always will be an unhappy, miserable person. Some people are just born negative and hateful and she's one of them. Nothing will ever make this woman happy and satisfied, call it predestination. She likes being miserable.
You are so right! Why they do not get rid of this poor excuse for a mother and woman I do not know. She has used this poor pitiful me excuse for so many seasons we are tired of it!