Queen of Versailles star Jackie Siegel reveals that her teenage daughter who died of opioid addiction was ashamed of the film that shot up their family to publicize and the & # 39; the worst thing that happened to her & # 39; called.
Siegel, 58, revealed despite the fame that came with filming the documentary Queen of Versailles, who followed the family to build a 90,000 square-foot mansion in Orlando inspired by Versailles in France, causing a break in her family.
Some even speculated that the pressure of being on TV may have contributed to Jackie's daughter Victoria & # 39; s drug use when filming started when she was only 12.
Siegel and her 84-year-old share mogul husband David starred in the show along with their eight children.
& # 39; She was ashamed of it, and she also went through some sort of a bad period in her life, & # 39; David says to the Las Vegas Review Journal. & # 39; Everything that could have gone wrong went wrong. & # 39;
Jackie Siegel revealed that her daughter Victoria, who died of an overdose of drugs in 2015 at the age of 18, hated shooting for their film Queen of Versailles
Jackie shared this photo in honor of the birthdays of her twin daughters on October 20. Jackie, her husband and their eight children became famous during the strengthening of the Queen of Versailles film, which followed their efforts to build a Versailles-inspired mansion in Florida
& # 39; She was ashamed of it and also experienced some kind of a bad period in her life, in terms of weight, & # 39; David said about his daughter Victoria and her feelings about filming Queen of Versailles. & # 39; Everything that could have gone wrong went wrong & # 39;
At the age of 18, Victoria died tragically on 6 June 2015 due to an overdose of methadone and antidepressants. Jackie published her daughter's diary about her struggle with addiction in March, which was Victoria & # 39; s last wish.
& # 39; In her diary, she said that the worst thing that had happened to her was the film Queen of Versailles, & # 39; said Jackie.
The family became famous in the documentary, following the American dream and trying to build a modern palace in Versailles in a suburb of Florida
& # 39; When the cameramen were around, David tried to lock up something and hide. He also had no interest in or being with them. It was hard for them to handle any normal family interaction. & # 39;
David went on and said the documentary was not entirely accurate, in fact he says that only 25 percent of it was true.
& # 39; At the same time, we went through the recession, so between business pressure and these film people who turned up unexpectedly. … I would throw them away and Jackie would bring them back. They would show up on public holidays and birthdays and on Christmas. It was a bad period. Then they left the company in a bad light. Only about 25 percent of the film was accurate & # 39 ;, he said.
The film was finally released in 2012, but things only got more complicated for Victoria with the fame.
& # 39; When the movie came out, she was treated differently at school. People used her to buy the drugs or to get money from her, and because they now knew she was rich, it was like, "Oh, she has the rich parents," although she never cared about us, & # 39, said Jackie. .
Victoria & # 39; s struggle with addiction saw her abusing Xanax and then turned to harder opiates.
& # 39; Let me tell you how she did it with Xanax: she was a typical confused teenager, so we sent her to a psychiatrist for counseling and when she came home she said: & # 39; He imposed Xanax on me, & David said.
& # 39; A few months later she was confused and did not go well in high school, so we sent her back and she said: & # 39; He has doubled my dosage & # 39 ;, he added.
& # 39; In her diary, she said that the worst thing that had happened to her was the film Queen of Versailles, & # 39; said Jackie
Jackie and her family, including Victoria, were seen on Celebrity Wife Swap (photo) in 2015, just a few months before her daughter's death
The Siegel family pictured gathered this year at the Victoria tombstone
Victoria took an overdose of methadone and antidepressants on June 6, 2015 while she was home alone when her family attended a wedding in Utah. She was just out of rehabilitation then
& # 39; I was so ignorant. I didn't know Xanax from Advil. I had no idea what it was or what it does. We had never seen a marijuana cigarette in our lives, or ever used any medicine, and here she is struggling with that Queen of Versailles film. It was a perfect storm. & # 39;
On the day of Victoria & # 39; s death, her family said she & # 39; cruel & # 39; had received text messages from her former boyfriend's ex-girlfriend, who supposedly encouraged her to try hard opiates.
They also published Victoria & # 39; s diary to raise awareness about drug addiction among young people
While the family continues to mourn the loss of their daughter, they have devoted the rest of their lives to raising awareness about the opioid epidemic.
The Seigels have not only published the Victoria diary to raise awareness about drug addiction, but they have also established the Victoria Siegel Foundation to help address teenage abuse and will launch their annual & # 39; An Evening to Save Lives & # 39; organize gala Friday.
The couple is also an active advocate for legislation that requires people to lock up their prescribed medication and calls for a law that requires doctors to prescribe life-saving medication naloxone for patients who receive a prescription for pain killers.
& # 39; When she received an overdose, she was still alive. By the time she arrived at the hospital, she had died. I am a strong believer that if a family has a child who may use drugs, they should have Narcan at their home, & David said.
He shared a statistic that 200 people die of drug overdose every day and added: & # 39; It's like a jetliner with 200 crashing passengers, every day. & # 39;
The unfinished mansion of Versailles in Windemere, Florida pictured above. The lush future country house of 90,000 square meters began construction in 2004 and will have a roller track and discotheque, nine kitchens, 30 bathrooms and 14 bedrooms.
Aside from their charity work, the couple is also developing a film about their daughter named Victoria's Voice that will serve as a warning to other young people about the dangers of opioids.
& # 39; My only direction for them was that I wanted it to appear on Schindler's list, and when the movie is over, I don't want people to clap. I want them to really understand the message and walk away solemnly. They're going to show Victoria as a sweet, beautiful, beautiful 18-year-old girl who dies when she shouldn't have done that, & David said in the film.
& # 39; I just wish she would have been open to us instead of keeping everything in her diary. I wish she had leaned on my shoulder and opened her heart with all her internal struggles, & Jackie thought of her daughter.
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