During their chat, Union opened up about experiencing suicidal ideation, along with hormonal issues related to a perimenopause diagnosis.
‘I’ve had so many rock bottom moments as an adult, starting with being raped at 19 at gunpoint at my job. It just felt like every so many years there was some major catastrophic event that was happening in my life,’ Gabrielle shared, as seen in E! News.
‘[It] lands you on your a** and you’re like “There’s no way I can move on from this, I’ll never recover, I’ll never be the same,”‘ she added.
Additionally, Union discussed being diagnosed with perimenopause in her 30s, which can cause hormonal disruptions and ‘symptoms [that] reached a fever pitch’ in September of last year.
‘I thought I was losing my mind. I thought I had early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s,’ Gabrielle shared.
‘I gained 20 pounds overnight of water retention, inflammation, bizarre. I couldn’t think. Now, when I have to public speak in the last few months, I’m so anxious, because I’m like, “Am I going to remember words?”‘
From there, things only got worse for the actress and author toward the end of the year.