Olivia Caridi Admits She Considered Suicide After ‘The Bachelor’

Half the fun of The Bachelor is rooting against the mean girls just as hard as you root for the nice girls, which means that sometimes, it's easy to forget that all these women are real people. But Olivia Caridi, the resident villain during Ben Higgins's season, is here to remind us that her feelings are very much real: She just opened up to Page Six and admitted that while The Bachelor was airing this winter, she contemplated suicide.

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It's shocking, but also not -- three past Bachelor or Bachelorette contestants have committed suicide (Gia Allemand, Lex McAllister, and Julien Hug), and reality TV is probably not the safest or most stable place for depressed or mentally ill people to hang out. That's partially our fault -- if Kaitlyn Bristowe's talk about cyber bullying last year wasn't proof enough, all it takes is a quick visit to Twitter to see that Bachelor Nation can be a pretty nasty crowd.

And we all know that this season, Olivia got the brunt of it. Whether she really is as bonkers as the producers made her seem, or whether that was all a trick of the editing room, we don't know. But either way, we did not like what we saw -- and according to Olivia, that manifested itself in some really nasty comments about her life and whether she should or should not end it.

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While the season was airing, Olivia said she moved back to Austin with her parents and spent a good deal of time just staring at walls in a trance. She says it was a dark time in her life, and she contemplated suicide.

If Ben's season of The Bachelor taught us anything, it's that Olivia has a flair for the dramatic. It's easy to look at that and assume she's just making this up, but because we are kind and decent people, we have to give her the benefit of the doubt -- and the support she needs. 

The Bachelor did -- they deployed their on-staff therapist to help Olivia, and now she seems to be doing better. She says she doesn't regret giving up her career and going on the show, even though it'll be the last of its kind for her. So instead, she moved to New York City and, aside from hanging out with another one of Ben's exes, Caila Quinn, she generally seems to be starting fresh.

We hope for the best for her.

 

If you are concerned about yourself or someone else, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

 

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