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What’s a former Bravo housewife to do when her new show continues to flop mercilessly on the new network she’s on? Well if you’re Danielle Staub, you try to make a tragic moment all about you!

Yes, the former Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member/star of that new show on VH1 that no one’s watching has somehow managed to hijack the tragic suicide of Russell Armstrong this week by revealing her own suicidal thoughts. Really… she did. In a new interview, Danielle claims the pressures of being on a reality show also contributed to her contemplating suicide.

“I was very close to taking my own life — not just on one occasion — it’s been several times,” Danielle told ET in an exclusive interview. She added: “And what always saved me was the thought of my children living with that for the rest of their lives. I didn’t want them to have that memory of me. I wanted them to remember me — even if I’m going through my struggles — alive.”

While fighting back tears, Danielle reveals she understands the deep dark places that must have led to the suicide of Taylor Armstrong’s estranged husband. “I don’t have words to describe how alone you feel. And everybody’s coming at you, and judging you, and they don’t even know you.”

Danielle adds, “It’s really hard to talk to people who are not in our genre about what really goes on when the lights go down. And maybe your family starts to break apart, and you get caught up in it. And I’m not blaming anybody for what I’ve been through, I’m just saying it’s hard to explain top people who aren’t doing this for a living.”

Oddly enough, the ET story manages to plug Danielle’s new reality show Famous Food, you know, the same type of show that ruins lives and families according to Danielle, at the end of the article.

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TELL US – YOU BELIEVE DANIELLE? OR DO YOU THINK THIS IS JUST A PLOY FOR ATTENTION?

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