Chiara de Blasio Admits to "Huge" Problem with Substance Abuse, Depression

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Chiara de Blasio in the video released on Christmas Eve
In a professionally edited video delivered to reporters inboxes on Tuesday, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's daughter admits to abusing alcohol and drugs to cope with severe depression, or, in the parlance of the production team, Chiara "tells her story and opens up about substance abuse."

The slick video, with its soft piano and statistics ("28% of Americans drink at levels that put them at risk for alcohol dependence") looks and sounds more like a public service announcement than anything else.

Among other things, Chiara admits:

  • She had "clinical depression" for her "entire adolescence."
  • The drinking and drugs, she says, "didn't start out as a huge thing for me, but then it became a really huge thing for me."
  • Chiara, who is a sophomore at Santa Clara University near San Jose, California "didn't do the proper mental and emotional work to prepare" for college.
  • She smoked weed and drank, and struggled to quit either on her own.
  • She was admitted to an out-patient treatment center in New York where she participated in group therapy to treat her depression and anxiety.
  • Her mother Chirlane de Blasio helped her recover. Her dad was helpful too, she adds, "but obviously, he was really busy."

Here's Chiara in her own words:

So... why now? Is there a bombshell Chiara story out there the de Blasios were trying to preempt, or did the Transition 2013 team identify Christmas Eve as the right day for a pre-inaugural news dump? If you know the answer, email me.

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13 comments
Benedictine
Benedictine

Her parents should try harder to shield her from this kind of exposure, imo. She is legally an adult, but still too young to know what she is setting herself up for.

yonjuro
yonjuro

What an annoying little quasi-hipster twerp.

kraster
kraster

Chiara is a pretty girl who needs a good man to take her mind away from drugs. She needs to drop those thugs and get a good man like me. Happy Holidays! Good things are out for us to enjoy.  http://po.st/W6t4qO

jrc01
jrc01

Why do we care about her?

Katrina Corbell
Katrina Corbell

Randy Credico, what do you think about the timing? (Village Voice asked.)

Colin Connolly
Colin Connolly

There are things called therapy and medication to deal with depression. Using drugs and alcohol is just an excuse to get intoxicated! I don't find any substance in her "courage".

Patrice Urquhart
Patrice Urquhart

It takes a great deal of courage to admit her depression and drug use not only to herself, but to share her struggle with the masses

Stevart
Stevart topcommenter

@yonjuroAND her earlobes will look like you-know-what for all of eternity.  HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Ron P
Ron P

It must be nice to be perfect.  Does it ever get lonely up there on the mountaintop?

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