Stacy London’s last year was full of battles.
There was her public feud with her former “What Not To Wear” co-host Clinton Kelly but, as London revealed in an article she wrote for Refinery 29, that wasn’t nearly as terrible as her private struggles.
Known for her signature silver streak, the 48-year-old TV star shared that her downhill year began in December 2016, when she was forced to undergo spine surgery after dealing with chronic back pain for four years. Although she says it was a relatively common surgery and was told she only needed six weeks of recovery, having loose vertebrae in her spine fused together proved to be far more harrowing than she might have anticipated. For her body, mind and wallet.
“I didn’t understand the extent to which back surgery would cripple me — emotionally and physically,” she wrote. “The time in the hospital alone included some of the most agonizing moments I’ve ever had.”
She shared that she had planned her time away from work at the end of 2016 to be a “kind of sabbatical,” but the unexpected surgery and its agonizing recovery, coupled with a lack of work proved to be particularly disastrous.
“I realized I wasn’t just untethered from a job, I was untethered from a purpose. I had nothing to hold on to. And, honestly, I just wasn’t thinking about my finances. In fact, I would have thrown money at anything — material or procedural — to make the recovery process easier.” London began to spend money almost recklessly on things that she thought would make her feel better as she recovered: takeout multiple times a day and online shopping proved to be a financial (and mental) downfall. Eight weeks after surgery, she found herself increasingly paranoid, anxious and generally sick, which she found out was “clinical depression.”
She continued, “I later discovered [it] is quite common with surgeries involving the spine, brain, and heart. The body is traumatized on a deep, subconscious level. My guess is the body feels like it’s dying. It’s scary.”
London’s boyfriend sought to leave her in early February while she was still in recovery, but she convinced him to go to therapy to repair their relationship along with the physical therapy she was undergoing. By summertime, she was out of a brace and during an expensive trip, they broke up for good — then her apartment flooded for the eighth time forcing her to move in with parents. On top of that, a dear friend committed suicide.
She said that all these events left her “completely broken,” and resulted in more reckless spending in a bid to relieve her of her depression. All the while without a job.
It wasn’t until her accountant told her — exactly a year after her spinal surgery on December 13, 2017 — that she was pretty much broke. London found herself quickly selling off her things and in the struggle to rebuild herself in the new year, she’s learned an important lesson.
“A lot broke last year. And from all that brokenness, there is no other choice but to affirm life,” she wrote. “It means picking up the pieces of mine off the floor.”
One of the things she says she’s working on is forgiveness, which she seems to also be directing at her co-host of over a decade, Clinton Kelly.
Clinton Kelly, revealed in November that London had blocked him on social media, echoing hints of their tension in his recent book “I Hate Everyone, Except You.”
During an interview, he said, “We spent so much time together for 10 years…It was funny in the beginning when we completed each other’s sentences…it got to be like, ‘OK, we need a break from each other.’”
Since then Kelly says there is no “beef” between the two of them, and she’s reportedly unblocked him as well.
Hopefully this means the duo will makeup for good, because there witty banter and close relationship is surely missed by fans.