Jax Taylor opened up to Men's Health about a dark period in his life when he dealt with issues of suicide thoughts and self-harm. He spoke about how his father's death from cancer changed his life forever and how he handled the event.
The 39-year-old said, "I get a phone call over speaker and it was my mom bawling her eyes out. She’s, like, ‘Your father is dead.’" He was in a car with his fiancée Brittany Cartwright at the time. "I pulled the car over. I collapsed.”
"I didn't know how to deal. I was on the way to see him the next day. I fell on the ground in the middle of the highway. I threw my phone on the highway," Jax recalled. "I was convulsing and everything. I was freaking out. I didn't know what to do. My life flashed. My best friend died."
The Vanderpump Rules star explained, “I was in a deep rut. I was literally going to lock myself in a room and do enough drugs to hurt myself.”
But Brittany encouraged him to seek other ways of coping with the traumatic event. "She was, like, ‘I understand where you’re coming from. I can’t imagine what you’re going through, but can you try something?’” he said.
The former model said, "I tried it and it changed my life. I said, ‘You know what? I’m not going to hurt myself. I’m not going to drink. I’m going to flip this around and make my dad proud. I’m going to go to the gym. We’re going to start some businesses. We’re going to move up.’”
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