Osher Gunsberg’s wife Audrey Griffen has spoken candidly about the Bachelor host’s mental health struggles.
In a piece penned for Ten Daily on Wednesday, the celebrity makeup artist said at times during their marriage she felt like she was living with two different people and things got so bad that the TV presenter once contemplated suicide.
Osher has previously been open about his struggles with depression, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and periods of psychosis.
‘Despite having the knowledge of what Osher was going through, some days I felt like I was living with another man, a man whose every thought seemed to cause him pain, a man trying to push me and my love for him away,’ she wrote.
‘I had to remember his actions were being driven by something else, his anxiety, fears and trauma.’
She added: ‘I’m so very lucky that Osher resisted the alluring seduction of that mistress, suicide. I’m so grateful he had the self-awareness to seek professional help, to take his medication, to talk to his psychologist, to talk to me.’
Osher married stylist Audrey in 2016 and he is a stepfather to her 13-year-old daughter, Georgia.
They met in 2015, while filming season four of The Bachelor Australia, where Osher worked as a host and Audrey was a stylist – and the pair were married in the Hunter Valley in January 2017.
Last week, Audrey revealed the depths of the issues her husband suffered as he struggled with his mental health issues.
Appearing on Osher’s podcast, during which he interviews his own wife, Audrey admitted that even sunshine could send The Bachelor host into a panic.
‘I remember those days. I remember when if we walked outside and the sun was shining and you felt warmth on your skin, you’d hit the fear button,’ she said in a clip from the episode, which Osher shared to Instagram on Tuesday.
She went on: ‘It would be intense and it would be hard to talk you back into the room. And you would retreat yourself’.
Audrey says that she pushed hard to reach the man she loved when he was having an episode, which Osher described as ‘being gone for hours’.
‘I don’t know if I did the right thing but I used to just bully my way back into your space and try and bring you back,’ Audrey said.
‘I’m a make-up artist, I’m not a trained professional. But I could see you could see that it was going to be hard for you to come out on your own’.
Osher replied: ‘I’m bloody grateful you did because I wouldn’t be able to do it by myself’ to which Audrey gently said, ‘Sometimes we can’t do things by ourselves’.
In captioning the video of the podcast, Osher wrote: ‘I’m alive because of this woman, and this week I’m grateful you get the chance to hear why.’
The TV host celebrated his first wedding anniversary with Audrey in January.
He’s often said Audrey ‘saved him’ when she came along at a dark time in his life.
He previously told Stellar magazine: ‘She absolutely saved my life. She was the first person who told me I’d be OK and I believed her.’
Osher has been open about his battles with alcohol abuse and mental health issues, which he details in his autobiography, Back After the Break.