Donna Micheletti was on the phone with her late daughter, Gia Allemand, as the reality TV star attempted to take her own life by hanging herself on Aug. 12. A fact that was revealed by Micheletti in an interview set to air Tuesday on Dr. Phil.
Micheletti tells Dr. Phil that she believes her daughter called her as she hanged herself in her New Orleans apartment, because "I'm the closest person in the world to her and she didn't want to be alone when she left this world," adding, "she wanted Mommy to be there, I guess."
The heartbreaking interview with Micheletti also includes the mother's tumultuous journey after her daughter's death. "It destroys me but if it made her feel better then that's fine," she says tearfully of her daughter.
"I'm really mad that she did this for no reason," she continues. "In 12 hours it would have been fine. I'm really angry."
On Aug. 14, Allemand died after spending two days on life support in a New Orleans hospital. She was found unconscious by her boyfriend, NBA Pelicans player Ryan Anderson, in their apartment on Aug. 12, with a vacuum cleaner cord "wrapped around her neck many times," according to a police report. Anderson performed CPR on Allemand and she was later rushed to a nearby hospital.
The police report also revealed that the two had argued hours before, over Allemand's suspicions that Anderson had been unfaithful. During the course of the argument, Anderson told Allemand he no longer loved her.
The show segment also includes an interview with Jake Pavelka, who was the Bachelor of Allemand's season, where the vivacious, young talent was one of three finalists.
35-year-old Pavelka tells Dr. Phil, "Gia really understood me. We got really close after the show. We had such a special relationship. I can't tell you how lucky I feel that I knew her, but I wish it was not for such a short time, because I've never met anybody like her."
The segment will air Tuesday on CBS Philly at 4 p.m.
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).