Chase Bryant On Surviving 2018 Suicide Attempt: 'The Best Second Chance'
By Regina Star
February 23, 2021
Chase Bryant opened up about the harrowing time he nearly took his own life.
In a recent interview with PEOPLE, the “Little Bit of You” country star looked back on the nerve-wracking moment, in 2018, when he was faced with the choice to harm himself, leaving his loved ones behind. As Bryant recalled, he’d been sitting inside his truck at a gas station in Nashville, a handwritten note already prepared, and with a loaded revolver that he’d planned to use to end his life.
"I just wanted to make it quick," the 28-year-old told the publication, opening up about his suicide attempt for the first time. "I just thought, 'I can't do this at my house.' My parents were staying at my place. I couldn't let them see that."
He continued, “At that moment, I begged for somebody to listen and I begged for somebody to just come down and help me. I just screamed out the word 'sorry' as loud as I could, and I pulled the trigger… and here I am."
It wasn’t until Bryant realized the chamber that the chamber containing the bullet he’d use to end his life was empty that he had a sudden revelation.
"So, when I looked at it at that moment, it was like, life's too short, don't make it any shorter," said Bryant. "It ain't worth it. We all have something to be thankful for, right? Looking back at it now, it's so weird. You're so dark and then all of a sudden you're like, 'OK, I got to get my s—t right so I can help somebody else.'"
Bryant also explained how the veneer of fame, success, and popularity can conceal the pain a person feels beneath the surface, a sentiment the superstar knows all too well as someone who struggled in secret with “severe” anxiety.
Since the suicide attempt, Bryant sought help at Rolling Hills Hospital, a psychiatric and substance abuse treatment center located in Franklin, Tennessee. "Now I'm not scared," he told PEOPLE. "I realized everything happens for a reason. There is a purpose. It's like God said, 'Here's your second chance.' It's the best second chance I've ever been given."
If you or someone you know is in need of help, you can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
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