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‘Queer Eye’ Star Karamo Brown Admits He Attempted Suicide: 'Life Was Over For Me'

Aug. 30 2018, Published 11:35 p.m. ET

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In an emotional admission, Queer Eye star Karamo Brown revealed he attempted suicide 12 years ago.

“Today in 2006 I was sitting on my couch alone, attempting to commit suicide,” the “culture expert” shared on Instagram. “In my mind, life was over for me. But I got mental health support & worked each day to believe again. And here I am happy & healthy.”

Brown, 37, didn’t specifically address what caused his depression, but in a follow-up video he talked about his mental health issues.

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“I was in a very dark place, I just felt like life could not get any better," he confessed. "Everything that was happening to me was never going to change and I tried to take my own life."

Brown is now a mental health professional and social worker. Growing up in Florida, he graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in 1999. Following the shooting at the school in 2018,  Brown became an active member of the Never Again MSD movement started by the students, advocating for new gun safety legislation.

In revealing his personal demons, Brown stressed the importance of seeking help for mental health troubles.

“I want you all to know that as you see me on ‘Queer Eye helping people with their mental health and you see me on my social media helping people it’s because it’s important to me, not just because I’m trained in this field but because I know so many of us suffer from mental health issues,” he said, adding in the caption that we need to make our Mental Health a priority.

“Wether (sic) you’re sad, depressed or suicidal like I was... you can make it through. There is a better day around the corner with support.”

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