In a new interview, RFK Jr. reveals that his estranged wife Mary battled depression for much of her life, leading up to her May 16 suicide.
An exhausted and distraught Robert F. Kennedy Jr. spoke out about the death of his wife Mary Kennedy for the first time on May 17, and revealed just how much she struggled in the months leading up to her tragic suicide at the Bedford, N.Y. home they once shared.
“A lot of times I don’t know how she made it through the day,” Robert told the New York Times. “She was in a lot of agony for a lot of her life.”
Robert had filed several restraining orders against Mary, 52, and was going after full custody of their four children, which sent Mary into a downward spiral of prescription drug and alcohol abuse.
She had tried AA meetings and had been sober for five months, Mary’s sister-in-law and lifelong friend Kerry Kennedy said, adding that Mary’s depression was an ongoing battle.
“She fought with every ounce of her mission to overcome that horrible disease,” she said. “It was not something that she asked for; it was something that she was dealt.”
Despite the fact that he had publicly replaced Mary with new girlfriend, actress Cheryl Hines, Robert had nothing but kind words about the mother of four of his children, who he called “extraordinary.”
“She was a good person who did not deserve the kind of pain she had to live with,” Robert said.
— Kaydi Poirier
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