Hannah Brown Got Candid About ‘Bachelorette’ Fame and Alcohol Problems

After her run as ABC’s Season 15 Bachelorette ended in 2019, Hannah Brown trotted straight to another reality show, eventually winning. Dancing with the stars Season 28 months later. To help ease the anxiety of his newfound fame – and the scrutiny that came with it – Brown started drinking excessivelysomething she shared in her 2021 memoir, God bless this mess. More recently, she developed her problematic relationship with alcohol on the Tamron Hall Show‘s April 29 episode, discussing how being in the spotlight played a big part. “I had never really been a drinker before and was on TV like every Monday for an entire year [and] I didn’t know how to handle the way my life had been so publicly displayed,” she said.

Explaining that she kept a smile on her face and “tried to act like everything was fine” in public, Brown struggled in private. “When I was home alone, the only thing that really comforted me was a glass of wine, and then it became more than that,” the Alabama native told Hall. “And no apologies for the mistakes I made, but also, I wasn’t in the best place in life and I didn’t know what resources I had to be able to get that help.”

Over the past two years, the former Bachelorette has had a “change of perspective,” as she put it on the Tamron Hall Show. She discovered how helpful it can be to talk about the “difficult things that impacted [her] life”, especially after asking for help. “The therapy has been such an amazing thing for me to heal and move on, and to also be able to share my story and in a way that can connect with other people who have also faced challenges. similar…unhappy experiences in life,” she added.

Brown – who has openly discussed his experiences with anxiety and depression — previously told Bustle that over a year of therapy and a deliberate pushback from Bachelor Nation helped her find her footing. Prior to that, however, public scrutiny of the bachelorette and beyond had pushed her to breaking point. “I lived my life as a ‘nice girl’. I didn’t really make mistakes – I made mistakes that people saw – until I was in front of millions of people [on TV]“, she said in November 2021, adding that, as a devoted Christian, the backlash from the religious community about her Bachelorette sex positivity was particularly overwhelming.

In her book, the former beauty pageant winner described alcohol as serving as “another way to avoid big trouble” in her life, but noted that her relationship with alcohol “definitely changed a lot” after she came under fire in May 2020 for singing the N-word on Instagram Live. (“There is no excuse and I will not justify what I said,” Brown wrote in part of her Instagram apology afterwards.) In November 2021, she said entertainment tonight that she “wasn’t really drinking right now”, citing her mental health.

“I’ll have a glass of wine or two, but [not more] … i thought i would never have problems with [alcohol]. I just never had that personality,” added Brown, who is also now in a relationship with boyfriend Adam Woolard. HEY. “I’ve definitely reevaluated how much alcohol is a part of my life…You’re just not going to find what your heart craves in there. I think a lot of people, we do. We kinda fill a void. I definitely found myself in this cycle.

If you or someone you know is looking for help with substance use, call the SAMHSA National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP(4357).

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