Savannah Chrisley Discusses Suicide Attempt, Weight Gain Backlash, and Why Family Hid Struggles, Plus Reacts to Grayson Not Having a “Normal Childhood”

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Savannah Chrisley Discusses Suicide Attempt, Weight Gain Backlash, and Why Family Hid Struggles, Plus Reacts to Grayson Not Having a "Normal Childhood"

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Savannah Chrisley opened up about a suicide attempt on a recent episode of her podcast.

While discussing fame with the Real Housewives of Dallas alums Brandi Redmond and Stephanie Hollman, the Chrisley Knows Best star shared details of her mental health struggles and the weight gain she sustained during her early days on TV as she also explained why her family kept those hardships under wraps and reflected on brother Grayson Chrisley‘s lack of a childhood.

“In my teenage years, I tried committing suicide, and it was due to, I mean, a multitude of things, but also the things people would say,” Savannah revealed on the January 10 episode of Unlocked With Savannah Chrisley.

Looking back on her hard times, during which she and her family were filming their show in Los Angeles, Savannah recalled putting on 30 to 40 pounds after being diagnosed with endometriosis.

“I’ve always been a thin person. Being on TV, you’re like, ‘I need to look perfect at all hours.’ And I started this medication. I literally gained, like, 30, 40 pounds in like three months because of my endometriosis, and people would just come at me, like, ‘It looks like you ate yourself,’ ‘It looks like you ate one too many cheeseburgers,'” Savannah shared, admitting the hatred led her to question her identity.

“I was just like, ‘I can’t do this anymore.’ And there were so many times to where I just kept running and running and running, and then you get to a point, you’re like, ‘I can’t run anymore, and I also can’t deal with feeling how I feel,'” she explained.

But throughout her challenges, she and her family, including dad Todd Chrisley and mom Julie Chrisley, remained silent.

“We hid it so well. Producers didn’t know. No one knew a thing,” she said. “My dad’s a very prideful person, and growing up, especially on TV, it was like, ‘We don’t talk to therapists. We talk to each other. That’s what you do. No one on the outside needs to know any of our business.'”

According to Savannah, her family was previously against the idea of speaking publicly about such a matter. But these days, Todd and Julie are more than supportive of enlisting the help of medical professionals.

“They are in therapy like twice a week. My dad swears by his therapist,” she shared.

As for her own experience with therapy, Savannah said that after her suicide attempt years ago, she entered “an intensive therapy program.”

“It was like a game changer for me. It was finally the moment where you realize, like, ‘Hey, I need help.’ That was my kickstart to breaking apart, being at the lowest you’ve ever been to now, ‘Okay, I can start to be who I want to be,'” she explained.

But while Savannah may be better equipped to deal with haters today than she once was, that’s not to say that they’ve backed off. In fact, she’s been flooded in recent weeks due to her parents’ legal drama, which recently garnered the couple 19 years behind bars (12 for Todd and seven for Julie).

“People don’t realize their words, and even throughout this whole legal scandal that we’ve been going through, the things that people have said, I’m like, ‘How can you say that to a child?'” Savannah wondered.

Also, on the episode, Savannah shared her thoughts on her brother Grayson, who she is expected to care for while her parents are away, growing up in the spotlight.

“Grayson, he started TV at five or six, and it’s kind of sad to watch him because he’s such an adult at 16 years old,” Savannah stated. “Especially now, with everything my parents are going through, and watching him go through it, I look at it sometimes, and I’m like, ‘You are not a kid.’ He speaks about things, and I’m like, ‘This is not a normal 16-year-old.'”

As Savannah revealed, Grayson doesn’t even remember a time when he wasn’t on television.

“He didn’t get to have a normal childhood, and now he’s in therapy. He’s working through it, but it… You grow up so fast,” she explained.