Audra McDonald Reveals Shocking Suicide Attempt While Studying at Julliard

Posted Sunday July 27, 2014 10:03 AM GMT

She has an astounding career and amazing vocal chops, so it’s quite surprising to hear that Audra McDonald tried to take her own life.

The six-time Tony award winner chatted with “Popcorn with Peter Travers” on ABC and talked about a time with she tried to commit suicide.

“When I was (in college) at Julliard, I had a suicide attempt," Audra admitted. "I tried to slit my wrist."

The 44-year-old Broadway star continued that Julliard staff really pulled her out of an awful depression. "When someone is suicidal, one of the first things you have to do is to protect them from themselves," Audra explained.

"They had a mental health facilitator there, a therapist there and they checked me into a mental health hospital, where I was for a month and got me the help I needed."

"Julliard was like ... 'We think that that musical theater thing is more for you anyway. That seems to be where you're the happiest,'" she continued. "I went out and did 'Secret Garden' and then I came back and finished Julliard."

Since her time in college, Audra went on to break a record for the most Tony Awards won by a single performer and wed fellow actor Will Swenson. The pair shares one daughter.



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