Gia Allemand’s former boyfriend, Ryan Anderson, detailed the Bachelor star’s August 2013 suicide in a new interview with Sports Illustrated.
In the weeks after Allemand’s tragic passing, Anderson released a couple of brief statements regarding her death but in his latest interview the NBA player dug deep, revealing several new details about the moments leading up to Allemand taking her own life.
“It all began at a lunch on Aug. 12, 2013, when the couple got into a heated argument. Anderson couldn’t even remember what prompted the fight, but recalled to SI that Allemand accused him of cheating, which led him to say things that he now regrets,” Us Weekly reported on Nov. 13 of the Sports Illustrated interview. “He told her that he no longer loved her and then dropped her off at her house, seemingly ending their relationship.”
“Hours later Anderson received a call from Gia’s mother Donna Micheletti, who was on the phone with her daughter when she attempted to kill herself. Donna thought her daughter had fallen asleep after taking Nyquil, but as Gia’s breathing slowed, Donna realized what was happening. The New Orleans Pelicans player rushed to his girlfriend’s house, where he tried to save her life.”
After Gia Allemand passed, Anderson moved in with his parents and struggled to go on with life. He could barely eat and was unable to sleep alone. Filled with regret over being unable to help Allemand prior to her suicide, Anderson spent his time reading his Bible.
In the magazine, Allemand’s best friend, Becca Cohen, said the reality star was prone to the “highest of highs and lowest of lows,” but always put others first.
“She didn’t want to spread bad energy. Since college, I was worried about her, because she lived so much of her life for other people. Some people have their lives planned out and what they want, and it’s very hard to deal with disappointment.”
Allemand’s mother, Donna, who the Inquisitr reported appeared on Dr. Phil to discuss her death, blamed Allemand’s father, Eugene, claiming he sent her “hateful notes” after she forgot to send her grandmother a Mother’s Day card.
“I regret what I said,” Eugene said. “They can blame me, but I don’t blame myself at all. Unfortunately my daughter needed professional help. She must have had demons inside.”
Donna also claimed Allemand “didn’t think men could actually love. She used to tell me, ‘I hate men.’ All she wanted was to be loved. When it came to relationships, she always felt men would abandon her.”
After returning to the NBA court after an injury, Anderson became a spokesman for suicide awareness and prevention and, along with Donna, started The Gia Allemand Foundation, which is currently awaiting IRS approval as a nonprofit organization. Anderson is also working with To Write Love on Her Arms to get the message out regarding depression and has completed a wonderful video with the organization.
“Really blessed to have [Sports Illustrated‘s Chris Ballard] write such a beautiful spread about such a tough subject on the latest [Sports Illustrated] magazine,” Anderson wrote on Twitter after his article about Allemand was shared. “My prayer is that this article helps bring to light a topic that is so hidden in the dark. People need to know, they aren’t alone with their struggles. If we didn’t have free will, we would be robots, controlled in every way. God has been there with me and she is now with Him.”
As the Inquisitr reported, Gia Allemand was recently honored in an ABC tribute on The Bachelor.
Below is a video made by Anderson for To Write Love on Her Arms.
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