NEW YORK – The 19-year-old daughter of New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio opened up Tuesday about her personal struggles, saying she spent years battling substance abuse and depression.
Chiara de Blasio, a college sophomore who had a central role in her father’s campaign, appears in a surprise four-minute video released by the incoming mayor’s transition team. In it, she looks into the camera and says she drank alcohol and smoked marijuana to deal with clinical depression and anxiety.
“It made it easier, the more I drank and did drugs, to share some common ground with people,” she said. “It didn’t start out as, like, a huge thing for me, but then it became a really huge thing for me.” She said that she thought she could escape the problem by leaving for college in California, but her sense of “physical insecurity” only grew worse.
“My mom was trying really hard to help me and my dad was doing the same, but obviously he was really busy,” she said. “They were both very emotionally committed to trying to find out some way to get me better.” De Blasio said she eventually found success in group therapy at a treatment center in New York.
Viewers love color in ‘I Love Lucy’
Nearly six decades after it first aired, an “I Love Lucy” Christmas special was last week’s most-watched holiday program, according to ratings released Tuesday. There was a gimmick involved. The episode of the 1950s Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz sitcom was colorized, as was a companion episode that featured Lucy as a grape-stomper in Italy. The “I Love Lucy” special on CBS drew 8.7 million viewers to rank as last Friday night’s most-watched program and No. 16 for the week overall, according to Nielsen figures. Holiday runner-up “A Charlie Brown Christmas” — a relative newcomer that debuted in 1965 — settled for 6.4 million the previous night on ABC. NBC emerged as the most popular network among advertiser-favored young adults on the strength of the season finale episodes of “The Voice” and the Chicago Bears-Philadelphia Eagles NFL game on “Sunday Night Football.”
“fast & FURIOUS” DELAY: Universal Pictures has delayed the release of “Fast & Furious 7” for almost a year following the death of star Paul Walker. The sequel will be released in April 2015, instead of July 2014. Shooting was about halfway finished when the 40-year-old Walker died in a car crash outside of Los Angeles. Walker still will appear in the film, though Universal has not said exactly how it will handle his unfinished performance. Co-star Vin Diesel first posted the news on Facebook, telling his fans, “He’d want you to know first.”