Today was a teaching moment for Briana DeJesus. The Teen Mom 2 star was stunned to hear that Parts Unknown host Anthony Bourdain had taken his own life on June 8. Clearly she was devastated to learn that his 11-year-old daughter Ariane Bourdain would no longer have a dad, but the tweet she posted about it came off as uneducated and insensitive. It didn’t take long for fans to hop into the comments to teach her about depression and what it feels like to think your family is better off without you. See the tweet and reactions in the video above.
Despite all of the comments trying to educate her on the situation, Briana didn’t budge. She actually revealed that suicide hits close to homefor her, because she lost a family member to depression. “I’m not ignorant. Someone from my family also committed suicide and left my two cousins alone,” she said, “It’s sad to see. I understand mental illness is real, I was just stating my opinion.” Even if Bri doesn’t learn from this, hopefully her fans will take something from the backlash.
While Briana still hasn’t removed her tweet, she took to Instagram to clarify that she was heartbroken by Anthony’s passing. She posted a photo of the iconic TV host with the caption, “RIP. I remember when I was younger my sister and I used to watch you on TV for hours and just wish we were with you travelling and trying all different kinds of food ??? nooooooo.” The Travel Channel and CNN star was 61 years old, and had been working on an epsiode of his show in Paris when he took his own life in a hotel room. Our hearts go out to his family in this terrible time.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
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