Bill Klein is admitting his depression. The co-star of The Little Couple with wife Dr. Jen Arnold also is revealing what’s inside the new book that they co-authored, Life Is Short (No Pun Intended): Love, Laughter, and Learning to Enjoy Every Moment, reported Us Weekly.
How deep did his depression get? Bill says that at his darkest moment, he considered suicide. Klein links his depression to his dwarfism.
Now 40, Bill also recalled the first time that he and Jen meet. They were only 10-years-old, suffering in the same hospital unit.
To conduct research for the book, Bill and Jen asked their families for help. The two did not meet again until they were adults, and they began dating as a result of an online reunion.
Klein reflects on his past now and recalls both the good times and the hardships. He adored his closest friends and family. But it was often challenging being viewed as different, says Bill.
“I was bullied more than I’d like to remember.”
Bill went to New York University, and it was then that he felt his deepest depression and suicidal impulses. Four feet tall due to Spondyloepiphyseal Dysplasia, Klein now has discovered that for him, getting older means that life gets better.
“In college, I had reached the deepest [pit] of depression and that brought me to the brink,” recalled Klein. “Since then, things have turned around huge for me. My life has gotten better and better every single year.”
And now, with two children, Bill and Jen hope that they can provide their youngsters with the lessons they need to succeed and thrive.
“I’ve had bumps along the road every year to deal with, but that said, I hope I can teach my kids to do better than I did when it comes to dealing with people you can’t control.”
Thinking about his children, Klein laid out his parenting plan, reported Fashion & Style.
Dr. Jen and Bill attempted to have children on their own before adopting Will and Zooey. Both have dwarfism.
“I like to think I can police every child my son or daughter will interact with until they’re 45 years old, but that’s not realistic. I hope I can arm them with enough intelligence to disseminate the difference between what matters and what doesn’t and what they need to take to heart and what will make them the best person they’ll continue to develop into.”
Klein’s comments about parenting come at a time when reality TV shows such as 19 Kids and Counting are coming under fire for new revelations about their own controversial parenting methods, as the Inquisitr reported.
As the Duggars get scrutinized for the new child molestation scandal surrounding Josh Duggar, with the show pulled, Bill Klein and Dr. Jen hope that they can provide a different way of looking at how to manage the challenges of parenting on television.
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