Reacher star recalls suicide attempt and suffering sexual assault

Alan Ritchson said he struggled after the breakdown of a business (Picture: AP)

Reacher star Alan Ritchson has spoken about a harrowing mental health breakdown and suffering sexual abuse in the modelling industry.

The Amazon Prime actor, 41, said he attempted suicide after the demise of a business left him ‘really depressed.’

‘I was reeling from the fallout and the fatigue, and it got to the point where I was stuck in bed for weeks,’ he said.

‘My wife and kids were concerned, and I could see confusion in their eyes. Nobody knew what was wrong.’

He said his depression continued to deepen and after several dark months, he attempted to take his own life in 2019.

Ritchson said he was saved by a vision of his three sons with wife Cat, who are now aged eight, 10 and 11, in their 30s.

Ritchson with his wife Cat, who he met at high school (Picture: Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP)

He told The Hollywood Reporter: ‘They calmly asked me not to do it, and told me that they wanted me to be here, alive and part of their lives.’

Shortly afterward, the Hunger Games actor was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 36 and began treatment.

According to the NHS, bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that affects your moods, which can swing from one extreme to another

Now, Ritchson said that mental health is an ‘every conversation’ for him and he checks in with a psychiatrist daily.

Ritchson said he attempted suicide but was saved by a vision of his sons (Picture: AP)

In the wide-ranging interview, Ritchson also opened up about the dark days of his modelling career.

The Smallville actor said: ‘There are very few redeeming qualities to working in that industry. Let’s be honest, it’s like legalised sex trafficking.

‘The number of times and situations where I was put in horrific environments where sexual abuse was the goal and the paycheck that you were desperate for in order to survive was the carrot, I can’t count on two hands. It was quite often.’

Ritchson said he was sexually assaulted by a ‘very famous photographer’ and quit the industry immediately afterward.

Ritchson said he quit modelling after being sexually assaulted (Picture: Instagram)

‘It was the last photoshoot I’ve ever had,’ Ritchson said.

‘Those pictures were never seen or published. That was it. I swore it off and thank God acting found me at the exact same time so I was able to make a switch to a new career, but it left some scars.’

Ritchson made his film debut in the 2006 horror film The Butcher, before seven years later appearing in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as District 1 victor and returning tribute Gloss.

He played Aquaman in Smallville, as well as starring in Blue Mountain State, New Girl, 90210, CSI: Miami, Black Mirror, Fast X and Supergirl.

Reacher is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

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