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Tim Gunn Says He Attempted Suicide at 17 in PSA

In a new PSA urging gay teens not to take their own lives, Tim Gunn reveals he tried to commit suicide as a teenager.

"As a 17-year-old youth who was in quite a bit of despair, I attempted to kill myself," says Gunn.

"And I'm very happy today that attempt was unsuccessful, but at the time it was all I could contemplate

"When I woke up the next morning after taking more than 100 pills, I was in a whole other level of despair. I thought, 'I shouldn't be here, this isn't what was meant to be.' I frankly just wanted to start life all over again."

The 'Project Runway' star is the latest celebrity to speak out in response to the suicide by Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old Rutgers University student.

"I understand the desperation and the despair. I understand how isolated you can feel," Gunn says. "People really care about you — and I'm included in that group. So reach out, get help. You're not alone. It will get better. I promise."

October 7, 2010 |

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