Cesar Millan Reveals Suicide Attempt Following Dog's Death and Divorce

Nat Geo Wild documentary "Cesar Millan: The Real Story" recounts overdose he survived in 2010

By Natalie Finn
|  Friday, Nov 16, 2012  |  Updated 10:54 AM EDT
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Cesar Millan has a new show and is feeling like a top dog again--but two years ago he had given up on life.

An upcoming Nat Geo Wild documentary reveals that the "Dog Whisperer" star attempted suicide in 2010 following the death of his beloved pit bull, Daddy, and the breakup of his 16-year marriage.

"It was hard, because I wasn't expecting it," he says of the divorce from wife Ilusion, with whom he has two sons. "I went into a big depression. I lost a lot of weight. And I felt that I lost the most important thing, which was my family."

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After surviving an overdose later that year, Millan says in the special, airing Nov. 25, that he eschewed medication and regained control of his life through exercise and work.

He also has a new love in his life, Jahira Dar, and is thinking about proposing--but he has to ask her parents first.

"I know they are going to say yes, but I like the whole Cinderella story," he says.

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"I think my life has everything, you know, it has comedy has drama has action," Millan says. "I don't know about the ending yet. I'm just glad I can tell the story. Hopefully people get inspired, they get motivated. It doesn't matter where you come from. Really what I would like for people to get out of this is just to not lose hope, no matter what happens. You should never lose hope."

Next up, "Leader of the Pack," which filmed in Spain, premieres on Nat Geo Wild in January.

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