The Young and the Restless star Kristoff St. John has been hospitalized and placed under psychiatric evaluation after threatening to take his own life.
The actor reportedly sent several photos of himself with a gun to his head to an ex, who proceeded to call the cops, according to TMZ. A rep for Mia St. John, Kristoff’s ex-wife, denies she is the ex in question.
When police arrived at the home, they confiscated two guns and placed St. John under a 72-hour hold for mental evaluation. Sources claim the fast approaching third-year anniversary of son Julian’s suicide–Nov. 23–had the father extremely upset, and could be the reason for his breakdown.
Julian St. John battled with mental illness for years before taking his own life at 24 years old. He was found unresponsive in the bathroom of a Long Beach mental health facility, according to Radar Online.
In a new essay for Glam, mother Mia explains that her son’s death almost led to her own suicide, but was instead a catalyst to help others like him before it’s too late.
“I told my sister that I could not go on without my son and that I was ready to take my own life. Her response was, ‘Then give it away.’ I was confused. ‘What do you mean ‘give it away?’ I asked. ‘Since you don’t want your life, give it to someone who does,’ she replied, and so I did just that. I have made it my mission to continue the fight for mental health reform, as I had always promised Julian I would do.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.