Being in the public eye during a vast and life-altering event can add layers of sadness and strain to the grieving process.
Unfortunately, “Love Is Blind” star Danielle Ruhl may know this to be accurate as of late.
Ruhl, 29, rose to fame on the second season of “Love Is Blind” earlier this year for her mental health transparency and advocacy. Ruhl openly navigated her mental health struggles on camera throughout her relationship with Nick Thompson, 36.
The pair, who decided to say “I do” to their relationship at the end of “Love Is Blind’s” experiment, ultimately chose to end their relationship by filing for divorce last month. Since the couple’s divorce announcement, Ruhl has continued to speak candidly about her mental health journey on social media.
Yesterday, Ruhl wrote an open letter and posted it to her Instagram account, which touched on multiple aspects of her experience with navigating heartbreak within the public eye; a few of her castmates were on hand with encouraging comments of support!
We’ll dive into the specifics of Ruhl’s letter a bit later but in the meantime, let’s take a look back on Ruhl’s mental health journey.
Ruhl Transparently Brings Viewers Into Her Mental Health Experience
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Ruhl’s commitment to staying transparent about her mental health has been an asset to her fanbase.
The Blast once took a look at how fans have positively perceived Ruhl’s mental health commentary on Instagram.
A fan thanked Ruhl for devoting her public platform to openly and continuously discussing such an important aspect of the human experience.
According to our report, the fan wrote, “Love how you are using your voice for such an important matter. As someone who battles depression and bpd it means a lot.”
Using her voice for “such an important matter” is an action Ruhl strongly values as a public figure. She illustrated her commitment in a particular Instagram post from this Spring.
“Ppl have asked me if vocalizing about mental health, self-love, etc would be so important to me if I wasn’t an ‘influencer’ (or whatever u call it idk),” she began, “These are things I have always openly talked about with friends/family & now I have a platform to communicate those messages on a broader scale, it continues to be increasingly important,” Ruhl explained.
Ruhl went on to tell fans “It means the world to let others know that they aren’t alone & can overcome these feelings even at times it feels impossible” in this particular post.
More recently, in the wake of her divorce news from Thompson, Ruhl got real with her Instagram followers about how she has been feeling in the aftermath of the news becoming public.
“It’s funny when people are like, ‘How are you so happy?’ Would you rather have me post an Instagram Live of me crying for eight hours straight because I can do that if you want [me] to!,” Ruhl said in an Instagram story from mid-September.
Ruhl also explained how crying is a regular component of her healing process.
“[But] I do cry all of time,” she also said, “I cry easily. I cry when I’m happy, I cry when I’m sad, but who wants to see that?”
Healing With The Help Of Friends And Her Support System
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The “Love Is Blind” stars have had to continue to face public curiosity about their divorce since the premiere of the three-episode long reunion, “Love Is Blind: After The Altar“, which premiered on Netflix last week.
Yesterday Ruhl returned to Instagram and continued to update her fans on her current perspective in an open letter with three slides.
“It has taken some time to publicly speak about my marriage ending, as emotions are still raw,” Ruhl wrote in the first slide. “However, I will always appreciate those who have followed my journey and continue to support me through this entire experience.”
Ruhl gave a shout-out to the support system she has gained since entering the spotlight and the reality TV bubble.
“I’ve gained incredible friends I now call family. Found an incredible support group and virtual friends from around the world who I am forever grateful for,” she continued. “I’ve also learned to love myself and to prioritize surrounding myself with those who love me for who I am…”
Her “Love Is Blind” co-stars Mallory Zapata and Iyanna McNeely offered their love in the comment section of Ruhl’s post; Ruhl also included a photo featuring her and her gal pals from the show in a cuddle pile!
Zapata wrote, “Beyond proud of you! You’re an amazing person and friend,” with a heart emoji.
McNeely chimed in by commenting, “So proud. I love you.”
Cheers to Danielle Ruhl for continuing to transparently share her thoughts and feelings for the greater good on her healing process!