'Dog Whisperer' Star Cesar Millan Tried to Kill Himself After Divorce and Dog's Death

November 16, 2012 05:01:36 GMT

The 'Leader of the Pack' star says, 'I went into a big depression. I lost a lot of weight. And I felt that I lost the most important thing, which was my family.'


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Cesar Millan revealed his suicide attempt ahead of the premiere of his new TV series "Leader of the Pack". In a TV special subtitled "The Real Story", he said he tried to take his own life after his dog Daddy died and his wife of 16 years asked for divorce.

"It was hard, because I wasn't expecting it," the 43-year-old dog trainer remembered the hard days. The "Dog Whisperer" star added, "I went into a big depression. I lost a lot of weight. And I felt that I lost the most important thing, which was my family."

Cesar actually had already talked about the dark episode on his life earlier this year on his website, but he left his suicide attempt out of it. "I felt defeated, a big sense of guilt and failure," he wrote. "I was at the lowest level I had ever been emotionally and psychologically."

He has now found a new love in Jahira Dar and plans to pop the big question sometime soon. "It's a surprise," he gushed. "I am a traditional guy, so I like to do the whole parent thing. I know they are going to say yes, but I like the whole Cinderella story."

Cesar also has another pit bull named Junior with him, though he says the dog will never take Daddy's place. "Daddy was my Tibet, my Himalaya, my Gouda, my Buddha, my source of calmness," the reality TV star said lovingly of his deceased pet.

A Mexican native, Cesar came to the United States when he was 21. Unable to speak English, he lived on the streets for two months before getting a job as a dog trainer and being employed by Jada Pinkett Smith before she was married to Will Smith. She helped him get an English tutor after learning he wanted to be on TV.

"I think my life has everything, you know, it has comedy has drama has action," he states. "I don't know about the ending yet. I'm just glad I can tell the story. Hopefully people get inspired, they get motivated. It doesn't matter where you come from. Really what I would like for people to get out of this is just to not lose hope, no matter what happens. You should never lose hope."

The "True Story" special will air on Nat Geo Wild on November 25 this year, and "Leader of the Pack" will follow in January 2013 on the same network.

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posted by Meddia the 8 yers ol on Dec 05, 2013
Hey Mr.Millan,i just want to say that i am sorry that you loving dog daddy die and i am sorry that you lost your wife. I always wach your show everyaftrnon
posted by Meddia the 8 yers ol on Dec 05, 2013
Hey Mr.Millan,i just want to say that i am sorry that you loving dog daddy die and i am sorry that you lost your wife. I always wach your show everyaftrnon
posted by agatha k. on Aug 15, 2013
Bardzo mi przykro z powodu nieszczęścia jakie Pana spotkało...dobro wraca zawsze do człowieka,dlatego wierzę że jeszcze będzie Pan szczęśliwy i z całego serca tego życzę Panu. Często oglądam Pana programy i myślę że jest Pan taką :pokrewną duszą:Trochę jak Przyjaciel ...serdeczne pozdrowienia z Polski
posted by IPQZ2 on May 30, 2013
Hello Mr. Millan, it is very hard losing someone you love, i lost my brother, father, went through a divorce, ended a bad relationship, lost my job and have issues with my mother. So i know what it is like to lose precious things. Still up to today i am fighting my depression but watching your show motivates me to get up from the couch and start my day. I go by your saying, when you visualize something it will happen. You don't know it but you are an inspiration to a lot of people . Thank you for being there for me, i have learned so much from you. I wish you all the best with your new partner and life.Greetings from Belgium.
posted by Debbie C. on Apr 03, 2013
Hey Mr.Millan,I just want to say sorry for your lost(wife& dog "Daddy"). It hurts when you lose someone you Love. I really enjoy watching the show.I often wish you could train us women to handle these men, I am learning from you and the same can apply to a man and that is withhold affection until he exhibits self control. Keep the energy flowing and keep smiling.
posted by jennifer200135 on Nov 21, 2012
I wish you The best. I think that you love your dogs and that help you in life. That's a very good thing. Because i love pets.

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