In a heart-wrenching and candid interview with CBS Sunday Morning, the stunning Gisele Bundchen, at the age of 43, has confessed to battling crippling depression and contemplating suicide during the peak of her glamorous modeling career. The Brazilian bombshell’s shocking revelations have sent shockwaves through the fashion industry, shedding light on the dark side of stardom.
Gisele, a living legend in the world of modeling, admitted to a harrowing period in her life when she felt “suffocated” by the relentless pressures and high expectations that came with her unparalleled success. She opened up about her battle with panic attacks and the terrifying moment when suicide seemed like the only escape from her torment.
“I was in tunnels,” Gisele revealed during the interview. “I couldn’t breathe, and then I started being in studios, and I felt, like, suffocated.”
The supermodel disclosed that her anxiety had reached such crippling levels that she opted to take the stairs in her nine-story apartment building out of fear of getting stuck in the elevator, which could trigger hyperventilation. “You know when you can’t breathe even when the windows are open, you feel like, I don’t want to live like this, you know what I mean?” Gisele emotionally shared. And when journalist Lee Cowan asked the question we all feared, she confessed, “Yeah. For, like, a second.”
This isn’t the first time Gisele has shared her deeply disturbing thoughts. In her memoir, “Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life,” published in 2018, she provided a glimpse into her past mental state, revealing that she believed “everything in [her] life was going to kill [her].” The thoughts were so overwhelming that she contemplated the unthinkable: ending her life.
“When I think back on that moment, and that 23-year-old girl, I want to cry,” Gisele confessed in her memoir. “I want to tell her that everything will be all right, that she hasn’t even begun to live her life. But in that moment, the only answer seemed to be to jump.”
Fortunately, Gisele has emerged from the depths of despair and is now leading a healthier, happier life. In her latest interview, she emphasized that she wouldn’t change a thing about her past and has found contentment. Despite her tumultuous personal life, including her divorce from NFL superstar Tom Brady, she’s proof that there is light at the end of the tunnel for even the darkest moments.
Gisele Bundchen’s raw honesty about her mental health battle serves as a reminder that no one is immune to the pressures and anxieties that fame can bring. Her story is an inspiration to anyone who has faced their own struggles and has found the strength to carry on.