De Blasio’s Daughter Admits Substance Abuse

Nineteen-year-old's father will be the mayor of New York City beginning next week

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Chiara de Blasio, the 19 year-old-daughter of New York City’s soon-to-be Mayor Bill de Blasio, acknowledged a history of battling depression and drug abuse in a video shared by the de Blasio campaign on Tuesday.

“I’ve had depression, clinical depression for my entire adolescence, so that’s something I’ve always dealt with, or not known how to deal with,” she said. “I wanted to speak out because people are suffering from this disease and dying from this disease every day.”

Chiara de Blasio, who is currently a college sophomore, said she had sought treatment at a center in New York City.

“As parents, our instinct has been to protect our daughter and privately help her through a deeply personal struggle,” de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray said a statement.  “But not only has Chiara committed to her own health, she is also committed to helping young people everywhere who face similar challenges.”

During the New York Democratic primary, Bill de Blasio put Chiara and teenage son Dante at the center of his campaign.

De Blasio will take office on January 1.

3 comments
IceToes
IceToes

I sincerely hope that she gets her wish that the story helps others. It has to take a lot of courage to not only get help, but to publicly talk about it and be willing to put your face and name on a cause. More power to her.

MVH1
MVH1

 I love this beautiful, intelligent, generous child.  She has all the tools for an amazing and productive life.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

Ugh to be the child of a public figure;


Brave of her to try to help others.