Ashlee Holmes Malleo, daughter of Real Housewives of New Jersey grad Jacqueline Laurita, has had a rough year. Last month, the former reality star took to Instagram to confirm her divorce from ex-husband Pete Malleo was finalized in April. She wrote: “Right now all I can say is that I’ve tried everything with all my heart…but I believe that everything that happens to us gives us a chance to become a stronger and better version of ourselves as we move away from it.” let life guide you. Fans may recall that the couple got engaged on RHONJ season 7 and tied the knot in 2018. Ashlee and Pete also share a son named Cameron.
Ashlee also shared that she and her son both had COVID in May, but it appears they had mild symptoms as they enjoyed the outdoors shortly after. And as if a divorce and a potentially life-threatening virus weren’t enough, the makeup artist made an announcement about her sanity.
Ashlee Holmes Malleo Reveals Bipolar II Diagnosis
“Real Housewives of New Jersey” alum Ashlee Holmes Malleo just shared an update on her mental health. On June 28, she shared a lengthy Instagram post confirming her diagnosis of Bipolar II. She wrote: “About a month ago I had a psychotic breakdown. I found myself in a position of being afraid of myself and my own thoughts. And I decided to finally seek proper help.” She confirmed that she’s been taking a “brief break” from social media, which she alluded to on Instagram in early May. “During this search for help, I was diagnosed with Bipolar II,” Malleo said. She immediately started taking medication as up to this point she felt she had “tried everything else up to this point”.
Malleo revealed that she had some misconceptions about bipolar disorder, thinking it was just related to mood swings. But she quickly learned there was so much more to the condition. She added: “A lot of things in my life started to make sense [after the diagnosis]. It was actually a relief to finally have an explanation for certain things. It’s empowered me to learn more about it and take control back.” The mother-of-one continued, “I’m not ashamed of my diagnosis.” Instead, Malleo viewed “bipolar disorder as the gift of extraordinary emotions.” Malleo also shared that she wants to break down the stigma around mental illness.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health please contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741, call the National Alliance on Mental Illness Helpline at 1-800 -950-NAMI (6264) or visit the National Institutes of Mental Health website.