NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The daughter of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has opened up about battling depression and substance abuse.
A five-minute video featuring 19-year-old Chiara de Blasio was released by de Blasio’s transition team Tuesday on YouTube.
Watch the entire video below:
As CBS 2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reported Tuesday, the last time New Yorkers saw Chiara de Blasio was on election night, as she and her family celebrated her father’s mayoral victory with their now-famous smackdown dance.
But their jubilance also hid private pain, as Chiara de Blasio was also dealing with a clinical depression she said she suffered, “for, like, my entire adolescence.”
Bill de Blasio and wife Chirlane McCray said in a statement their daughter “is courageously sharing her story” with the hope of helping others.
In the Christmas Eve confessional released by her parents, Chiara de Blasio opened up about her depression, an illness that she said drove her to substance abuse.
“It made it easier, the more I drank and did drugs to share common ground with people,” she said in the video.
Chiara de Blasio, now a college sophomore in California, revealed she battled her substance abuse demons at college and got help by seeing a therapist.
“I kind of just kept, like, reasoning using this really fake rationale that was so justified to me that I could keep doing this stuff and be like, ‘Oh, I won’t drink, and then I would just like, smoke weed.’ And then I would be like, ‘Oh, I’m not going to smoke weed, and then I’d just drink.’ Like, it was kind of just bartering for equally bad outcomes,” she said.
She said a therapist eventually referred her to an outpatient treatment center in New York City. She said she is now sober and was able to help in father’s campaign.