Home » Lisa Vanderpump Opens Up About Husband Ken Suffering a Breakdown and Her Depression Battle
While appearing on a recent podcast, Lisa Vanderpump took aim at the direction of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, before opening up about the emotional struggles she and her husband Ken Todd endured after the suicide of her brother, Mark Vanderpump, and announcing an upcoming show and restaurant in Las Vegas.
During her interview with Dear Media’s The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast, host Michael said he’s not a huge fan of the Real Housewives franchise and right away, Lisa agreed.
“Nor am I,” she admitted. “I do think it’s probably lost a bit of its gravitas.”
As for what changed, Lisa said that after she quit her position in June 2019 after nine seasons, the anchor of the series was essentially gone.
“A lot of people thought I was the anchor on the show and the narrative in terms of, maybe being somebody that kind of ignited conversation… I’m also somebody that saw things in a very down to earth fashion, just actually brought some kind of, a level really to [it],” she explained.
As RHOBH fans well know, Lisa left the show after the death of her brother left her understandably devastated and unable to cope with the cast’s drama.
“I can get depressed or suffer with depression, mainly more circumstantial things. When things get too hard. Like when I lost my brother two years ago, and then my mother, I can kind of, flounder a little bit,” Lisa admitted of the mental health struggles she faced after Mark and their mother’s passings.
“Suicide radiates so many feelings, so many questions, so many what-ifs. Should I have done this? Why did this happen? Should I have spoken to him when I texted him the day before? I know he didn’t want to kill himself, I know it was just a cry for help that went wrong,” Lisa continued.
In addition to the hardships she faced, Lisa’s husband also suffered.
”Ken had a bit of an emotional breakdown a few months after my brother died. I remember Ken literally crying at Thanksgiving [and] I suddenly realized it was his grief too. It was his friend,” she explained.
Over two years after Mark’s death, Lisa said his two sons are doing well.
“They’re both the image of my brother in different ways. Oh, thank God for them. On my first birthday after my brother died, Pandora and Ken brought them out to surprise me. I didn’t want to celebrate and he’d only been dead about three months. And when they walked in to surprise me, I thought, ‘Thank God,’” Lisa recalled.
As for her upcoming projects, Lisa said she has a “new show coming along” that she’s “not allowed to talk” and is also opening a new restaurant in Las Vegas.
“We’ve just started work on that now. I’ve been designing that with my partner, Nick Alain. [I’m] so excited about that, but that will be quite a few months away,” she teased.
The venue will be Lisa’s second in Sin City. As fans well know, she opened the Vanderpump Cocktail Garden at Caesar’s Palace in 2019.