Hannah Brown Says She Struggled With Alcohol When Coping With Her ‘Bachelorette’ Fame

“When I was at home by myself, the only thing that was really giving me comfort was a glass of wine.”

Dealing with life in the spotlight can be hard. Former Bachelorette Hannah Brown learned that firsthand when she spent the better part of a year living out her love life on national television and found herself turning to alcohol to escape the anxiety that comes with, you know, living out your love life on national television.

Hannah got very candid about her struggles with alcohol during an interview on The Tamron Hall Show this week.

“I’d never really been a drinker before and I was on TV, like, every Monday for an entire year and didn’t know how to handle how my life had so publicly been displayed,” she said. “[I] have always lived with a smile on my face and, you know, tried to pretend like everything was okay. But then when I was at home by myself, the only thing that was really giving me comfort was a glass of wine.”

Relaxing with a glass of wine isn’t such a big deal, but as Hannah explained, it wasn’t long before it took “more than that” for her alcohol-induced anxiety relief.

“[I have] no excuses for mistakes that I’ve made, but also, I was not in the best place of life,” she added. “And [I] didn’t know what resources I had to be able to get that help.”

FWIW, though, Hannah says she has a much healthier relationship with alcohol these days, thanks in part to the fact that she’s in a very healthy relationship (with boyfriend Adam Woolard).

“We are people that do not find wholeness through each other but through becoming whole people as individuals that can then amplify each other’s growth,” she said of the ’ship. “And that is something that I don’t think that I’ve ever had is somebody that is equally encouraged and motivated by continuing to challenge and get better and move forward and grow in life as I am.”

May we all find relationships as mature and healthy as Hannah Brown’s (words that at one time, we would have been very surprised to say).


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