Cesar Millan: I Attempted Suicide

Reveals attempt 3 years ago

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 13, 2013 8:59 AM CDT

(Newser) – "Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan attempted suicide three years ago, he reveals in a new interview airing on Rock Center tomorrow. His pit bull, Daddy, had died; his relationship with his sons faltered after his wife of 16 years asked for a divorce; even amid all his TV fame, he was broke. "It's like, 'OK, I'm a failure. The reason why this has happened is because of me,'" he says. "I took a whole bunch of pills and tried to kill myself."

He says he wanted to die, but his kids called paramedics and he was saved. He woke up in a psychiatric hospital to discover that his fellow patients were also fans; Millan says that gave him "a sense of belonging. I got a sense of purpose." He turned things around, and now has a new show: Cesar Millan's Leader of the Pack.

In this Aug. 19, 2006, file photo television personality and dog psychologist Cesar Milan arrives for the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.
In this Aug. 19, 2006, file photo television personality and dog psychologist Cesar Milan arrives for the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Cesar Milan poses with his dog for photographers during the MIPTV International Television Programme Market, Monday, April 12, 2010, in Cannes, southern France.
Cesar Milan poses with his dog for photographers during the MIPTV International Television Programme Market, Monday, April 12, 2010, in Cannes, southern France.   (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
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