Lisa Vanderpump Admits to Being ‘Emotionally Overwhelmed’ Despite Her Successes
She gets the struggle. Former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump got real about her battle with depression following the death of her only brother, Mark, in May 2018. The 58-year-old told the Daily Express that despite her burgeoning career and business life, she is often “emotionally overwhelmed” in recent time.
“The devastation is hard to deal with,” she admitted to the outlet in an interview published on June 15. “When your only sibling goes, they take every memory and shared experience with them. You think, ‘Could anything I have done made a difference?’ Shoulda, woulda, coulda. That’s just part of the sadness.”
She even touched on suicide — her brother’s unfortunate cause of death — and how that kind of darkness affected her work on the Bravo TV staple. “I’ve never self-harmed, but I have had depressing moments,” she revealed. “I started on antidepressants after my brother passed, and grief counseling.”
“After such a depressing year, I worry about the toll it might take,” she continued. “That’s one of the reasons I wanted to step away from Housewives.”
Part of her big decision to take a step back from the show comes from her passion of highlighting certain causes — and depression is no different for her. “It’s important to talk about depression, and for people to seek help, realizing there’s no shame to it,” she advocated. “Life is difficult to navigate.”
“Just because you’re living in a great house, or driving a fabulous car, or have an amazing piece of jewelry, doesn’t mean you’ll be happy,” she said — and she’s absolutely not wrong.
The English entrepreneur has had an amazing life full of successes, including well-known restaurants in the USA and Europe, a wine brand and popular TV shows. It’s easy to think she would be one of the happiest people on Earth. But thanks to her honesty, we know there’s more than meets the eye.