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In one of the most emotional Vanderpump Rules episodes of the season, Ariana Madix opened up in detail about her struggle with depression. She spoke candidly with friends Stassi Schroeder and Lala Kent about her emotional issues, and also confided in longtime boyfriend Tom Sandoval, telling him in tears, "I can't do this anymore. I want to leave my life."
Sandoval was there for her in the February 25 episode, and told her, "I would way rather you live your truth than to hide something for me. I wouldn't want you to be any other way."
"It's something we do deal with on a regular basis. Obviously, we do the best we can and we have great communication and we're very supportive and we have so much respect for each other," he said in the Clubhouse. You can hear more from him on the emotional subject in the clip above.
SUR boss Lisa Vanderpump took to Twitter to show her support for Ariana. Previously, Lisa has been open about her own struggles with depression in the wake of some personal family tragedy. "I know how overwhelming depression can be [Ariana]," she wrote. "And I salute your bravery for being so vulnerable. So people, when life gets too much reach out."
When The Daily Dish spoke to Ariana about her relationship with Sandoval, she opened up about what he does to make her feel special.
"He always brings me snacks. I’ll be like, 'Dumplin’ needs snacks!' And I do! Yeah, he brings me snacks, always. He’ll end up bringing me snacks in bed. Sometimes, I’ll come home from something, go upstairs, wash my face, and he comes with a cocktail. He’s just very — he takes care of me in that way," she said, noting that they have a very supportive relationship.
She said, "OK, so he thinks I’m like, super badass. He calls me his information booth. I don’t feel very badass sometimes, so that is really sweet and makes me feel more that way. I just love that he’s always willing to be open and vulnerable with who he is, whether he’s right or wrong. He’s not really worried about that."
You can hear more from Ariana from the episode below.
In the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) to reach a trained counselor.
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