Trigger warning: the following story contains mentions of suicide.
For many years, the Chrisley Knows Best family has been making USA Network audiences laugh with their southern twangs and ways of life. But they've also had their share of difficulties, including several members of their family catching COVID-19. Of late, a situation happened involving Savannah Chrisley and her ex-boyfriend Nic Kerdiles, where he threatened to take his own life. However, the family are banding together and explaining why they felt it was important to speak out about the suicide attempt now.
On Instagram Live, Nic Kerdiles, Savannah Chrisley and her father Todd Chrisley showed a united front as they spoke about the incident. According to Kerdiles, he believes his suicide attempt was the result of mixing his medications (from a COVID-19 diagnosis) that have severe side effects with “a lot” of alcohol. He credits a friend who showed up in the midst of his “full blackout,” as well as the Chrisley family, for stopping him. The former National Hockey League player addressed viewers, saying,
Savannah Chrisley and Nic Kerdiles, who were once engaged to be married, broke up in late 2020. But according to TMZ regarding the suicide attempt, the Chrisley Knows Best star was present at the moment of her ex’s breakdown that was captured by a 9-1-1 phone call. Chrisley shared in the live that they all wanted to let their fans know that they are not alone in processing difficult emotions amidst the pandemic. She said,
The trio revealed that they hadn't planned on sharing Nic Kerdiles’ struggle but that TMZ’s “threatening” calls about the incident forced their hands. Savannah Chrisley stated that it was “heartbreaking” that Kerdiles wasn't allowed to “tell his story in his [own] time” due to their notoriety. However, her father Todd explained why it was actually a blessing in disguise, saying,
The scary situation involving Nic Kerdiles comes on the heels of several other incidents. Actress Regina King’s 26-year-old son died from suicide in January, as did Sinead O’Connor’s son tragically at age 17. Similarly, Cheslie Kryst, a former Miss USA and Extra correspondent, was also found dead from suicide last week. The Chrisley Knows Best stars coupled their own testimony with several statistics dealing with depression, suicide, and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. To watch the full video, see it here:
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Thankfully, Nic Kerdiles stated that he is getting the support he needed to heal going forward. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “HOME” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741, or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
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