Mark Salling, who played Puck in Glee, took his own life in 2018.
His ex-girlfriend actress Georgie Leahy has opened up on the second anniversary of his death and explains that it was complicated for her.
The 32-year-old has remained silent, never publicly speaking of his suicide, but in this week’s episode of Georgie and Friends!, she has opened up about the impact everything had on her in the lead-up and post-suicide.
In March 2015, at Twilight star Kellan Lutz birthday party in the Hollywood Hills, Leahy was overhearing a conversation where Salling was telling someone that his legs were aching because of the gym.
From there, she introduced herself to him but was under the impression he was a personal trainer; it was only a few weeks later when she visited his home on their first date that she realised she was on a date with Puck from Glee.
They spent a lot of time together, and she revealed their sex life was “healthy,” — furthering that on Christmas Eve in 2015, the former couple “chilled and relaxed,” on a hammock. It was 5 days later, December 29, when Mark was arrested for possessing child pornography.
At the time of Mark’s death, the pair had been split for almost 2 years, shortly after he was accused of possession of child pornography — later pleading guilty in October 2017, and just 6 weeks before his sentencing, he hung himself on January 30, 2018.
— Georgina Leahy (@GeorgieLeahy) July 10, 2019
When the news began circulating that 35-year-old Salling had taken his own life in a field near to his Los Angeles home, Leahy was enjoying a pampering session. She said that her younger sister made her aware of his arrest, to which she explains, “I collapsed in the nail salon … it was devastating.”
The actress explained, “What happened with Mark evoked so many complex feelings. I didn’t feel like I had permission to hurt because of everything he was accused of.”
Georgie “tried to call Mark to find out what was going on, but the police had confiscated his phone.” which led her to drive to his home and put a note under his door with her number written on. Against her own mothers’ advice, she saw him in February 2016, for one last time.
The visit consisted of sitting together, “in total silence,” with Leahy wanting “him to say, ‘It’s not true,’ or ‘I’ve been set up.’” — he told his story, which she believes “he was trying to protect me,”
Her belief is “he was probably in pain for a very long time.” and to keep his legacy alive she keeps a screen saver on her phone of the pair smiling together and occasionally plays his albums.
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