Love and Hip Hop Hollywood star Teairra Mari visited Hollywood Unlocked recently, a radio show hosted by fellow LHHH star Jason Lee and former model and former Bravo reality star Melyssa Ford. During her interview, all three individuals talked about how their experiences on reality TV contributed to some serious issues.
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It all started when Mari was asked about her rehab experience. She admitted, when asked, that she used alcohol to help cope with the stress of the drama the show comes with. As she put it, “When I went hard, I went hard.” But she was in denial about the reality of her situation until she actually got to rehab.
“So you walk in, it’s like a bunch of strangers. I’m not going to lie, when I first walked in I’m like, ‘Oh my God I’m in here with a bunch of crackheads and alcoholics,’” she said. “But I met some of the best people in rehab. At first I had a room to myself, and then I was like, ‘You know what? I want a roommate. I really want to experience this.’ I didn’t go to college so I never had that. So I was like, I really want to experience this whole thing and learn from somebody. So I decided to get a roommate for a minute, for 30 days, and it was the best thing. It was a five-star rehab, though. We had a personal chef, so we was doing it [laughs].”
When asked who her sponsor was, Mari said it was VH1. Ford could relate, because the former Blood, Sweat and Heels star said Bravo had to pay for therapy for her. After the first season alone of the series, she was stressed to an incredible level. And we all know that by the second and final season, she dealt with physical stress, being attacked by a cast mate with a bottle.
“Listen, I got therapy paid for by Bravo. Because after the first season of filming my reality show, I needed therapy,” she said. “I needed therapy to kind of cope with the sh-t I’d just gone through. And being in that constant state of conflict was making me pull my f–king hair out.”
And while Mari doesn’t plan on quitting Love and Hip Hop anytime soon, she was honest about the fact that she wasn’t sure how she was going to deal with the strain that comes with filming again now that she doesn’t rely on alcohol.
“At first I was dealing with it with alcohol. So I was just there. But now…I don’t know how I’m going to deal with it,” Mari admitted. “But it is an anxiety-inducing situation. I’m just taking it one day at a time.”