"Black Ink Chicago" aired the most emotional episode to date where Phor opens up about dealing with depression and having suicidal thoughts. It gets really deep and super emotional. WARNING: This episode discussion may be triggering, so proceed with caution. Deets inside...
The latest episode of "Black Ink Chicago" was SUPER emotional it literally drained us after watching.
Phor has been vocal on social media about his battle with depression. He released a song titled "Help" and when he promoted it on his social media page, he shared a picture of himself with a noose around his neck.
Letting his guard down, Phor got very vulnerable where he opened up about the suicidal thoughts her was having in his head while the crew was on vacation in Las Vegas. He told his co-star Charmaine his goal for that day was to drown himself in the pool.
“I’m just feeling better off dead," he told her.
Ryan asked Charmaine to leave the room so he could speak with Phor alone. And their exchange will have you in TEARS.
Peep the clip below:
Ryan is a real one.
After his one-on-one with Ryan, Van and Charmaine went into Phor's room to talk. Van had a heart-to-heart with Phor as well, reminding him he's loved and that his 9Mag family will do any and everything for him. Charmaine encouraged Phor to seek professional help, but Phor said he wanted to sleep on it. Van offered to sleep in the room with him to make sure he was OK throughout the night.
However, the next morning, Phor went missing. Check it:
Yes, they fight ALOT, but, the brotherhood between the 9Mag Fam is real.
At the end of the episode, a message was put up on the screen that said Phor would be taking a leave of absence. And we're glad because he def doesn't need to be on TV right now until he can get a handle on his mental health.
After the episode, there was an outpouring of support for Phor on social media.
Fans hopped in the comments section to share their stories about how they're dealing with their mental health and shared how Phor's episode helped them.
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Tonight was tough to watch. Sending love to my brother @phoreverim | Thank you for being so vulnerable in front of the world. you are not alone Phor. So many people are going through similar situations and if everyone bonds together imagine how much love is combined. Show my bro some love
Now that he's not filming for the show, Phor has been keeping busy with self care. He hit the gym recently:
He also went on Power 92 Chicago to talk about depression, mental health, and he debuted new tracks:
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I’m not afraid anymore i went on air and spoke on my mental illness issues and let @hotrod065 & @djnehpets premiere some songs from my new album “CAKE” dropping FEB26 & let him play my exclusive new hit single “WHOLE LOTTA” Thank you @power92chicago for having me family YOUR NOT ALONE #NMOL #help #mentalhealthawareness #blackinkchicago
While we don't know exactly what triggered Phor, it's possible it had something to do with the viral video that hit the net last year where he was sending a video of his man parts to someone who wasn't his then-girlfriend Nikki. Bullying comes in all forms, even people just making jokes about it. It's very possible that could have put him in dark space, especially after he and his girlfriend Nikki broke up.
So many people are suffering in silence. We're glad Phor was strong enough to open up about his true feelings because we know it has helped thousands of others who are dealing with the same thing. This was a much needed epiosde that many struggling with mental health can be positively impacted by as they will not feel alone.
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, call the Nation Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.