'Queer Eye' star Karamo Brown reveals he once attempted suicide
Queer Eye has become a cultural phenomenon. Equal parts glow up, home improvement, and insightful societal commentary, the show deals with issues both on the surface and beneath it, as the Fab Five work to reinvent a different person each week.
I'm not sure I can pin down any one aspect of the Fab Five's expertise that I enjoy watching the most; Tan's fashion insights are invaluable, Bobby's interior decorating is breathtaking, Jonathan's grooming tips are essential viewing and Antoni's cooking is to die for. But it is Karamo, culture expert, who's moments often provide the biggest emotional punch.
Touching on issues of homophobia in society, mental health and the church, Karamo Brown is never afraid of confronting complicated societal issues, and often his positive outlook and open mind lead to others seeing the other side of the coin.
Now, the Queer Eye star has taken to social media to urge his fans to take care of their mental health, after revealing that he attempted suicide in 2006.
Karamo Brown said that he was in "a very dark place" at the time, feeling that his life "could not get any better";
"Everything that was happening to me was never going to change, and I tried to take my own life."
He said that had it not been for two friends finding him and calling an ambulance "I probably would not be here today".
He went on to tell his fans that things can better, saying;
"I know so many of us suffer from mental health issues and we just don't know where to turn and every day it seems darker and darker.
"But I want you to know that things do get better. If you get help and you do the work daily, your life can change.
"I'm living proof of that and if you know someone in your life that's going through it, reach out to them. You could be their support."
Fans have been thanking the Queer Eye star for shining a light on mental health issues and spreading such a hopeful message. One wrote;
"Thank you so much for speaking out about this. Here's to removing the stigma around mental illness, so important to talk and create a safe space to open up. So much love."
Another wrote to thank Brown, and to praise the Queer Eye Fab Five as a whole for the ways in which the show tackles such issues;
"This is why I love you and the Fab 5 - you show and share your vulnerability with others, you're open; living from within your depth. Thank you."
Karama Brown responded on Twitter, writing;
"I'm so overwhelmed and inspired by everyone's kind words that I had to do a video. As a mental health professional I believe we all need to make our mental health a priority.
"There is a better day around the corner with support."
If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article, contact Your Life Your Voice on 1-800-448-3000, or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline on 1-800-273-8255.