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Whitney Thore Felt "Powerless" While Buddy Bell Secretly Struggled With Addiction (EXCLUSIVE)

Followers had been extraordinarily involved about Whitney Thore’s greatest good friend and roommate Buddy Bell throughout this season of My Massive Fats Fabulous Life. He spent the primary half of Season 5 off digital camera whereas he went to hunt therapy at a rehab facility to beat his cocaine dependancy, and in an unique interview with Life & Type, Whitney opened up about what it was prefer to see her good friend — who she affectionately refers to as “boo bear” — wrestle with one thing so critical.

“Effectively, it was simply actually laborious. I imply, it’s laborious to appreciate that somebody that not solely you had been so near however that was dwelling with you was scuffling with one thing and also you didn’t know and also you couldn’t assist,” Whitney revealed to Life & Type. “It makes you’re feeling actually powerless. So I’m simply so happy with him, he’s nonetheless clear and sober, he’s doing superb.”

She went on to clarify that every one of her pals felt that there was one thing improper with Buddy however they did not know what it was as a result of he stored it a secret for therefore lengthy. Whitney stated she thought Buddy could have simply been depressed, however she had no inkling that he was scuffling with drug dependancy.

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“It was simply stunning and troublesome to really feel like I want I might have accomplished extra,” Whitney continued. “I feel you begin to form of blame your self — like, why didn’t I see the indicators? Or might I be extra supportive?”

However Whitney and Buddy had a coronary heart to coronary heart through the solid’s journey to Hawaii — which was Buddy’s first sober trip after he accomplished rehab. She needed Buddy to know that she did not know that he was struggling as a result of she did not need him to assume that she did not care sufficient to attempt to assist — and he fully took possession of his dependancy and his habits.

Buddy was particularly courageous to share his journey to sobriety on the present, and Whitney admitted that she was anxious at first about how opening up his life extra to the TLC cameras would have an effect on his progress, however she stated all the expertise has been nothing however constructive.

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“The factor with Buddy is [it’s] actually superb to see individuals behind him and supporting him,” she stated. “At first I assumed, ‘Oh my gosh, is that this going to be lots of added strain for him?’ And it actually made me nervous, but additionally in a means I feel it’s been good and I feel it’s given him much more objective and route when it comes to inspiring different individuals — and I feel that’s superb.”

Make sure you tune into My Massive Fats Fabulous Life, airing Tuesdays at eight p.m. on TLC.

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