Real Housewives of Atlanta star spoke about her past mental health issues to People magazine. Porsha Williams opened up about her struggles with  depression and suicidal tendencies.

Williams announced that she was leaving the Real Housewives franchise in September 2021. After nine successful seasons she wanted to embark on a new journey.

In an exclusive with People Magazine, She spoke about about issues that she has kept hidden for years. The Bravo star is revealing painful parts of her life in her new memoir that will hit book shelves Nov. 30. She talks about contemplating suicide as a child, and surviving multiple abusive relationships.

Porsha Williams began struggling with depression at an early age. Her parents Diane and Hosea were both entrepreneurs who split when she was just 2. While attending middle school in Georgia she was bullied for her body. Her mother sent her to a therapist, but the sessions were short-lived.

“I was too young to even understand what I was dealing with,” Prsha recalls. “It wasn’t until I was about 29 that I really identified with the word ‘depression.'”

“I was just saying to my mom, ‘Look where my life is today,'” says Williams. “I feel absolutely blessed. No matter what has happened, I still thank God for all of it.” 

The Pursuit of Porsha: How I Grew Into My Power and Purpose traces her life’s battles and how she has fought them. Williams mentions that it has everything that she has been through and what made her the woman she is today.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to

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