Learn how to cope. Hannah BrownShe said that she tried to get over her fame and anxiety by turning to alcohol.
“I’d never really been a drinker before and I was on TV, like, every Monday for an entire year and didn’t know how to handle how my life had so publicly been displayed,” the Alabama native 27, said during an appearance on The Tamron Hall ShowFriday, April 29, “[I]I have always lived my life with a smile on mine and tried to make everything okay. But then when I was at home by myself, the only thing that was really giving me comfort was a glass of wine.”
Brown added that soon, it began to take “more than that” to deal with how she was feeling inside. “[I have] no excuses for mistakes that I’ve made but also, I was not in the best place of life,” the former Bachelorette explained. “And [I] didn’t know what resources I had to be able to get that help.”
In her memoir, the former pageant queen spoke out about her struggles with alcohol. God Bless This Mess, writing that on May 16, 2020, she “started drinking at 11 a.m. — and never really stopped. … I’d been drinking more. Sometimes, a lot. It was another way of avoiding the big problems, I guess.”
Brown told Entertainment TonightShe began to drink in November 2021 after she split with the winner of season 15. Jed WyattAfter it became clear that he was having an affair with a woman when he arrived at his new home, The Bachelorette. When things didn’t work out with her runners-up, Tyler Cameron Peter Weber, her drinking got worse.
“It was really interesting to see how it goes from one glass of wine, two glasses of wine, three glasses of wine, tequila,” she explained at the time. “I’ve definitely reassessed how alcohol is a part of my life… You just are not going to find what your heart needs in that. It’s something that I think a lot people do. We fill a void. I was definitely finding myself in that cycle.”
The Dancing With the Stars season 28 champion continued: “I’m really glad that I’ve gotten the help that I needed. I received the therapy and emotional support that was necessary to deal with my own issues and my mental health. [alcohol] is not something that I go to for any type of solace.”
Brown also credits her boyfriend for her relationship. Adam WoolardShe helped her to focus on her personal development. “We are people that do not find wholeness through each other but through becoming whole people as individuals that can then amplify each other’s growth,” she told Tamron HallFriday. “And that is something that I don’t think that I’ve ever had is somebody that is equally encouraged and motivated by continuing to challenge and get better and move forward and grow in life as I am.”
She added: “[I] can really see the progress I’ve made just in how I view my relationship and how I view my relationship with myself.”
If you or anyone you know is facing substance abuse issues, call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357 for free and confidential information 24/7.