Christy Carlson Romano is best known for her roles in Even Stevens and Kim Possible, but it seems her time on Disney was not the best years of her life.
"I’m about seven years sober now from alcohol and have two daughters, I'm a YouTuber and a podcaster," the singer confessed in a recent interview. "I can promise you that I’ve been through trauma, which is why I’m very passionate about this topic and am starting to get the word out with my Vulnerable Podcast because it's allowing others to finally open up."
"People ask me if I’d put my two girls in showbusiness, and I’ve told them that I want them to be introduced to the arts without making it all about the money," the media personality added. "There’s a difference between enjoying something, and not being a part of a broken system."
Although the Barnard alumna had been working on the East Coast throughout her childhood, her transition into television and to Los Angeles was overwhelming, leading her to a downward spiral.
"When I first arrived in California, I found myself in a new environment that I’d never experienced before and even more different to the theater world that I knew in New York," the Connecticut native admitted. "It was a culture shock, and I was dislocated from my family, which was very hard for me to manage."
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Eventually, her career impacted both her emotional well-being and household dynamic. "It felt traumatizing having my nuclear family disrupted, while just having one parent with one child to support their dreams," the mother-of-two said. "This affected everyone else in my family as well.”
"First, there’s the comparison game, and so that’s living your life in constant comparison with other kids and people just in your community," she explained. "It made us all feel isolated from each other since everyone’s competing against one another, which is why not many talk about the issue today, like I am."
The pressures of finding success at an early age left the songstress feeling alone. "I wasn’t thriving and making good decisions and stopped showing up," Romano said. "That is trauma and even though this isn’t the most extreme form, there are enough of us coming together now as we just want to help."
"I then couldn’t manage on my own as I had become co-dependent, so I started to rely on alcohol and began having co-dependent relationships," the brunette beauty concluded.
Romano was interviewed by The Sun.