Teen Mom OG star Tyler Baltierra has not been shy about his difficult past.
He recently opened up about being a victim of sexual assault and how he grew up experimenting with drugs. And now he’s sharing another dark secret from his life before fame: He once attempted to take his own life.
“When I was 12, I attempted suicide,” the new dad tells ‘Radar Online.’
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The 23-year-old went on to share the gruesome details.
“I tried to hang myself in the backyard of my house,” he says. “Being so young, I was naïve on how the process actually worked. I thought if I jumped, it would snap my neck and I would die instantly. I didn’t think about the struggling and the choking and while it was happening, I realized it wasn’t going to be quick. It gave me time to think.”
Catelynn and Tyler have been together since middle school — which means they’ve experienced many of life’s ups and downs together. (Photo Credit: Instagram)
While he was struggling, he had a moment of clarity and, fortunately, changed his mind.
“I grabbed the rope and got it out from under my neck,” he adds. “I ran into the house.”
After the incident, he took medication for a couple of years to cope with the “dark time” in his life.
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He says he regrets not including his experience in his recently released memoir, ‘Conquering Chaos,’ because he believes more people need to be talking about how pervasive depression can be among adolescents.
“Nowadays, you see all the headlines. Kids are getting bullied, especially in the LGBT community,” Tyler says. “It’s a topic that needs to be talked about. Hopefully, people can learn from it.”