8:29 pm - 11/15/2012

Cesar Millan Reveals Suicide Attempt Following Dog's Death and Divorce


Cesar Millan has a new show and is feeling like a top dog again—but two years ago he had given up on life.

An upcoming Nat Geo Wild documentary reveals that the Dog Whisperer star attempted suicide in 2010 following the death of his beloved pit bull, Daddy, and the breakup of his 16-year marriage.

"It was hard, because I wasn't expecting it," he says of the divorce from wife Ilusion, with whom he has two sons. "I went into a big depression. I lost a lot of weight. And I felt that I lost the most important thing, which was my family."

After surviving an overdose later that year, Millan says in the special, airing Nov. 25, that he eschewed medication and regained control of his life through exercise and work.

He also has a new love in his life, Jahira Dar, and is thinking about proposing—but he has to ask her parents first.

"I know they are going to say yes, but I like the whole Cinderella story," he says.

"I think my life has everything, you know, it has comedy has drama has action," Millan says. "I don't know about the ending yet. I'm just glad I can tell the story. Hopefully people get inspired, they get motivated. It doesn't matter where you come from. Really what I would like for people to get out of this is just to not lose hope, no matter what happens. You should never lose hope."

Next up, Leader of the Pack, which filmed in Spain, premieres on Nat Geo Wild in January.

lexiesloan 16th-Nov-2012 02:55 am (UTC)
My westie, Baxter, is going to be seven in April. I've had him since I was 21 - a present from my parents for graduating college and getting a job, becoming an "adult". I have no idea what I will do without him.
chikntetrazzini 16th-Nov-2012 02:59 am (UTC)
My westie died when he was 8.

Just thought I'd add a little cheer to your day.
__xgirlafraid 16th-Nov-2012 03:07 am (UTC)
my westie died two months ago and she was 14. also, this post made me depressed as fuck.
chikntetrazzini 16th-Nov-2012 03:10 am (UTC)
I'm just PMSing and in a shitty mood. Westies are the best, though. Sorry about your girl. :(
__xgirlafraid 16th-Nov-2012 03:14 am (UTC)
aw you're fine! i hope you feel better. and i'm sorry about your pup too.
chikntetrazzini 16th-Nov-2012 03:16 am (UTC)
Well, it's been seven years, so I'm okay! Two months, though...that's rough.
to_our_savior 16th-Nov-2012 03:12 am (UTC)
my dog is 13 maybe older and I've had him for 12 years I don't even know what I'm going to do when he passes. I'll probably lock myself in my room for a month
coulson 16th-Nov-2012 11:37 am (UTC)
i have two westies and one is going on 9. they're so beautiful and have such lovely personalities. :(((( i want them to live forever
affliction 16th-Nov-2012 12:40 pm (UTC)
my westie died when he was 2 :/
juel1979 17th-Nov-2012 12:01 am (UTC)
I got my old lady when I was 18. My rescue poodle had died that summer, and they had friends of friends who bred chihuahuas. She's actually related to a dog a former sitter of mine had (the dog died a few years before the sitter did). She's an interesting tie to that. I'll be a trainwreck when she goes. =(
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