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.

sweet_honesty 16th-Nov-2012 03:01 am (UTC)
And you came to this conclusion how?
d00ditsemily 16th-Nov-2012 03:06 am (UTC)
jlb88 16th-Nov-2012 03:17 am (UTC)
Meh, I understand the certain times he does it so the dog will get in the habit of knowing it is wrong. When they're in their "moments", yelling at them isn't going to do much.
squishinator 16th-Nov-2012 03:23 am (UTC)
yeah im not really seeing the big deal in this tbh. I dont do it to my dogs but it doesnt look like he is "kicking" them hard, just a tap with his foot, and i don't think it's much different than like a light smack on their nose. Which, before you call me an animal abuser for that, isn't much different than spanking your children.

sweet_honesty 16th-Nov-2012 03:58 am (UTC)
And last time there was a spanking post, everyone defended it.
d00ditsemily 16th-Nov-2012 03:26 am (UTC)
Sorry, but you should never strike, kick, or really even yell at a dog. If you have to do that to get your point across you're a shitty trainer.
jlb88 16th-Nov-2012 03:29 am (UTC)
I don't understand how a dog can be trained any other way when they're that aggressive. I saw a couple episodes and some of the dogs on the show should have been put down.
lolzerz 16th-Nov-2012 10:09 pm (UTC)
lol then what should we do, sit them in time out and sternly tell them they did something bad? these are animals, not children. jesus.
sweet_honesty 16th-Nov-2012 03:57 am (UTC)
It looks like he's tapping, not kicking. But whatever. I have cats, not dogs, so I watch that show where that dude trains cats.
foryoursake08 16th-Nov-2012 04:19 am (UTC)
my cat from hell? we love that show, but my cat is too far gone to get help, I think. nothing works, so we just deal with the occasional puking and pooping out of the box.
pervert_bitch 16th-Nov-2012 04:42 am (UTC)
I need to watch that show but I always forget. My cat is a hellion and scratched my mum and my dog D:
shiiblee 16th-Nov-2012 06:35 am (UTC)
what's hat show called? never heard of it. sounds interesting
uss_galactica 16th-Nov-2012 06:47 am (UTC)

He gets bitten really good in this one. And anyone with half a brain can see that the dog is going to bite him.

And a lovely breakdown on everything he is doing wrong.
sullengirl22 16th-Nov-2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
wth? i don't understand why he punched her? D:
adalmin 16th-Nov-2012 03:15 am (UTC)
Most of his methods have been disproved by and disapproved of by most major veterinary societies/groups/etc. and most animal behaviorists.
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