‘Queer Eye’ star reveals past suicide attempt

Los Angeles: Queer Eye star Karamo Brown has revealed he attempted suicide in 2006. By opening up about his story, he wants people to know the importance of looking after their mental health.

The presenter rose to prominence on MTV’s reality series “The Real World: Philadelphia” in 2004. He became an iconic fixture on the hit Netflix show “Queer Eye”, where he specialises in culture alongside his “Fab Five” co-stars Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Bobby Berk and Jonathan Van Ness, reports aceshowbiz.com.

Brown shared a video on his Twitter and Instagram accounts revealing that he had attempted to commit suicide 12 years ago in the hope to inspire others to speak out.

“Today in 2006, I did attempt to commit suicide. I was in a very dark place. I just felt like life could not get any better. Everything that was happening to me was never going to change, and I tried to take my own life,” the 37-year-old told his fans.

He thanked his friends who had found him and phoned an ambulance, for saving his life.

Explaining why he wanted to share his experience, Brown said: “I want you all to know, as you see me on ‘Queer Eye’ helping people with their mental health and you see me on my social media, it is because it is important to me, not just because I am trained in this field but because I know so many of us suffer from mental health issues and we just don’t know where to turn.”

Brown, who is also a trained psychotherapist, concluded the video with words of encouragement for those who were struggling.

He directed his followers to The Trevor Project, a national organisation aimed at providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) youth.

“I want you to know that things do get better, that if you get help and you do the work daily, your life can change, I’m living proof of that,” he smiled. “And if you know someone in your life that’s going through it, reach out to them. You could be their support.”