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Nick Gordon has entered rehab after revealing his suicidal thoughts during an interview with Dr. Phil.

Dr. Phil McGraw sat down with Nick Gordon for an emergency intervention that will air on Wednesday, March 11, on Dr. Phil, to talk him through his various issues, including drug and alcohol abuse and panic attacks he has been experiencing in the wake of girlfriend Bobbi Kristina Brown’s hospitalization.

Bobbi Kristina Brown, who turned 22 on March 4, remains in a coma after she was discovered unresponsive in the bathtub at her Atlanta home on January 31.

According to E! News, Nick Gordon’s mother, Michelle, was the one who wanted the meeting with Dr. Phil, fearing that her son was suicidal.

“I’m so hurt I wanna do myself in, I know I have to strong,” Nick tweeted on March 3.

Photo Dr. Phil

Photo Dr. Phil

“As we sit here right now, my son’s life hangs in the balance,” Michelle Gordon told Dr. Phil, Nick by her side, in a snippet of the interview released by the show.

“When Whitney was found, he administered CPR to her and called me as he was standing in front of her saying, <<Mom, why couldn’t I do it? I couldn’t get air into her lungs>>.”

“He won’t let go of the guilt,” Michelle Gordon says.

“My heart is full of angry after the Browns have shut me out,” Nick Gordon tweeted on February 25, referring to his repeated claims that Bobbi Kristina Brown’s family has barred him from visiting his girlfriend in the hospital and he has been doing everything he could to see her.

“They don’t even know her. Sabotage.”

Bobby Brown’s camp, meanwhile, has said that Nick Gordon “declined” the chance to visit under conditions put forth by the family.

“Happy Birthday baby I wish I was there with you to hold you and be by your side,” Nick Gordon tweeted on March 4.

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Dr. Phil revealed he and his wife Robin McGraw celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary on August 14.

Phil McGraw, 63, tweeted alongside a photo of himself with his 61-year-old wife: “We make the best team.”

Dr. Phil also posted a video on Instagram, breaking down the momentous occasion.

“Thirty-eight years of marriage,” he wrote.

“Think about it. That’s 13,870 days – 332,880 hours. That’s a lot of smiles.”

In an interview with New You, Robin McGraw has admitted that friends find it strange that she never argues with her husband.

She told the magazine: “People cannot understand when we say we don’t fight.  They go “that’s just not natural, you’re lying! Couples fight.”

Dr. Phil and his wife Robin McGraw celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary on August 14

Dr. Phil and his wife Robin McGraw celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary on August 14 (photo Twitter)

“But we don’t fight and it’s because we had a conversation early on and I told him that it’s not natural for me to be in a house where people are screaming and yelling – my parents didn’t do it, I don’t do it and I don’t want to live in a house like that.  He got it and has never raised his voice around me. We don’t fight.”

Robin McGraw added that she keeps the spark alive by flirting with Dr. Phil.

“Always flirt!” she said.

“A piece of advice I’d tell women:  Learn what your husband considers flirting and learn what makes your husband happy.”

Phil and Robin McGraw have two sons, Jay, 34 and Jordan, 28. Jay McGraw and wife Erica have also given them two grandchildren – a 4-year-old girl named Avery and grandson London, 3.

Despite her growing career and duties as a mother and grandmother, Robin McGraw says that Dr. Phil is her number one priority.

She advises other women looking to balance work and family life to ask their husbands: “<<What can I do for you? Tell me what you need from me, what you need to hear from me, what you need to see me do. I’ll do it>>.”

Robin McGraw also recommends checking in with one’s husband on a regular basis, adding: “Phillip always needs to know I’m proud of him and the loves to hear that I appreciate him.”

Dr. Phil shares tips for a happy marriage in books such as Relationship Rescue and Family First.


Michelle Knight, who was held in captivity in Ariel Castro’s house for 11 years, has revealed on Dr Phil show that she was hung “like a fish” from her feet and neck.

Michelle Knight, now 32, is the first of three women who escaped Ariel Castro’s abuse to tell her story at length.

She says she was beaten with a barbell by Ariel Castro so “the monster” could force her to miscarriage.

Michelle Knight recounted more allegations of physical, s**ual and emotional abuse in the second part of her taped interviews with Phil McGraw.

She appeared on the Dr Phil show in a taped interview and opened up on the horrors of being held captive by Ariel Castro for over a decade.

The woman survived the “horrible conditions in the house”, after being kidnapped, tortured and abandoned in a filthy basement, by holding out hope she’d see her son again.

Michelle Knight described years of physical, mental and s**ual abuse. That includes “being tied up like a fish” and spending weeks chained and tortured in the basement, according to the show.

Ariel Castro, who was imprisoned for life for the crimes, died in an apparent suicide in an Ohio jail in September.

Michelle Knight is the first of three women who escaped Ariel Castro's abuse to tell her story at length

Michelle Knight is the first of three women who escaped Ariel Castro’s abuse to tell her story at length

Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry were freed from his Cleveland house after Ms Berry managed to escape in May and call for help.

He abducted the women from the streets of his Cleveland neighborhood and held them for about a decade before they were freed.

Michelle Knight was 21 when she was kidnapped in August 2002.

Officials have said he kept the women chained for long periods in the house, beating, starving and assaulting them.

Ariel Castro pleaded guilty in July to the 937 charges against him, including multiple counts of kidnapping, rape and aggravated murder, in connection with the beating of a pregnant captive until she miscarried.

In a video published ahead of the two-part interview to be broadcast this week, Michelle Knight told host Phil McGraw she was “tied up like fish, an ornament on the wall, that’s the only way I can describe it”.

Phil McGraw told the Cleveland Plain Dealer after hearing her story, “you wonder how anyone lasted a day let alone more than a decade”.

“In the 12 years of doing the Dr Phil show, no one has changed me like Michelle Knight and her story of survival,” he said.

Phil McGraw also said Michelle Knight was “eager” to have her own voice after the years of abuse by Ariel Castro.

The interview will run over two days on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Phil McGraw said that out of respect for Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight would only discuss her own experience.

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Michelle Knight revealed that Ariel Castro used the promise of a puppy to lure her into his Cleveland home where he held her hostage for 11 years.

“He tells me, <<Just come in for a little while. The puppies are upstairs. You can take one home to your son>>,” Michelle Knight said in an interview broadcast Tuesday on the syndicated Dr. Phil talk show.

But she soon realized there were no puppies inside Ariel Castro’s home. And it wasn’t long, Michelle Knight said, before he trapped her in an upstairs room and tied her up with an extension cord. From there, he took her down into the basement about 24 hours later, she said.

It was the beginning of more than a decade of torture, rape, starvation and beatings for Michelle Knight. The hope of seeing her son again, she said, inspired her fight to survive.

“I want my son to know me as a victor, not a victim,” Michelle Knight told host Dr. Phil McGraw.

“And I wanted him to know that I survived, loving him. His love got me through.”

Ariel Castro lured Michelle Knight into his vehicle from a Family Dollar store in Cleveland in 2002, promising to give her a ride.

Michelle Knight was the first of three women he would capture and imprison in his home for about a decade. They were freed in May after one of the women, Amanda Berry, called out to neighbors for help.

In August, Ariel Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years after he pleaded guilty to 937 counts, including murder and kidnapping. He committed suicide in his prison cell on September 3.

Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and the third woman, Gina DeJesus, have since been trying to readjust to life as free women. Knight, whose disappearance generated the least public notice of the three, has been the most outspoken.

“After 11 years, I am finally being heard, and it’s liberating,” she said in a powerful statement at Ariel Castro’s sentencing, describing the abuse she endured.

Her interview with “Dr. Phil,” which began airing Tuesday and is set to continue Wednesday, provides a detailed glimpse into some of the horrors she suffered and her struggle to survive.

Michelle Knight said she remembered the warning, the one Ariel Castro delivered while wrapping a chain around her neck and shackling her to a metal pole in the basement of his Cleveland home.

“Now, if I do it too tight and you don’t make it, that means you wasn’t meant to stay here. That means God wanted to take you,” Ariel Castro said, according to Knight.

Michelle Knight told Phil McGraw she sometimes spent days in the basement, chained to the pole, unable to lie down and with a motorcycle helmet over her head. The helmet made it hard to breathe, she said, “and later on I didn’t remember a thing ’cause I had passed out.”

A photograph of the pole showed white paint had been scraped away.

“That’s where I tried to get out,” Michelle Knight said.

“And I couldn’t pull the pole down because I wasn’t strong enough.”

Michelle Knight revealed that Ariel Castro used the promise of a puppy to lure her into his Cleveland home

Michelle Knight revealed that Ariel Castro used the promise of a puppy to lure her into his Cleveland home

Michelle Knight told Phil McGraw that she didn’t always fight back, though, at least not at first.

She said she was in shock after being taken and all she could do was cry and beg him to let her go back to her son.

Several attempts to escape were met with harsh punishment, she said.

“He took a pipe and he held it … over my head, and he said, <<If you scream, I’ll ram this down your throat and I’ll kill you>>,” Michelle Knight recalled, describing what she said was Ariel Castro’s response after she used a pair of pliers and a wire cutter to remove a chain around her neck.

“So I didn’t scream. I didn’t make a noise. I just laid there.”

Michelle Knight, now 32, was 21 years old when she was reported missing in 2002.

Ariel Castro, she said, would tell her of his plans to abduct other women and also implied he’d done it before.

She said he showed her an area in the basement where it said, “Rest in Peace.”

“I begged him not to bring any more there to suffer the hell I went through,” Michelle Knight said.

But it wasn’t long before Michelle Knight learned that she wasn’t the only captive.

In 2003, Amanda Berry joined her inside the house. At first, she said, they rarely saw each other.

“When we did, it was like a quick hug and <<bye>>, because he wouldn’t let us stay in the same room for that long,” she said.

When they were in separate rooms, Michelle Knight said, she would blare her television if she saw Amanda Berry’s mother on air, to make sure Amanda knew to watch. And when she saw Amanda Berry, Michelle Knight said, she tried to comfort her.

“Sometimes she would cry, and I’d tell her everything would be OK, and that one day we’ll get home,” Michelle Knight told Phil McGraw.

“We just have to, you know, wait it out.”

Since their release, accounts have depicted Michelle Knight as someone who cared for the other victims during their captivity while also enduring great suffering herself.

A family friend of one of the victims said this year that Ariel Castro used Michelle Knight as his main “punching bag.”

The friend said Ariel Castro hit Knight with a variety of objects, including hand weights. She has suffered vision loss, joint and muscle damage, and other problems from her time in captivity.

In the interview with Phil McGraw, Michelle Knight said she once watched Ariel Castro kill a beloved dog by breaking its neck. She said she was kept in a frigid room with windows boarded up. And she said Ariel Castro once punched her in the stomach with a barbell when he learned she was pregnant.

“I fell to the floor. … He said, <<Tomorrow it’d better be gone. That’s all he said>>,” Michelle Knight recalled.

“Then when I did miscarry, he blamed me. He said that I hated him, that I killed his kid, and he punched me in the face, saying that it was all my fault.”

During Michelle Knight’s time in captivity, her case got less media attention than the disappearances of Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, whose family members posted fliers and held candlelight vigils for them.

Michelle Knight told Phil McGraw that her son was taken away after her mother’s boyfriend abused him.

“And then they tried to say that I never protected him, and I did,” she said.

“I did all I could do.”

She was still trying to do all she could on the day when she was abducted in 2002, Michelle Knight said. She told Phil McGraw she got lost on the way to a meeting with social services to discuss her son’s custody. That’s when she stopped at the dollar store to ask for directions, she said, and when Castro offered her a ride.

In the interview, Michelle Knight also gave a glimpse into what she described as a troubled childhood before her abduction, which she said was why she didn’t want to see her mother after she was released.

“I wished my mother wasn’t my mother. … I wasn’t allowed out. I wasn’t allowed to have friends. She made sure I was dumber than a doorknob,” she said.

In response, her mother, Barbara Knight, issued a statement to the Dr. Phil show.

“Michelle, my daughter, has been the victim of long-term and profound and unspeakable torture. Her point of view has been altered by that monster and what he did to her,” the statement said.

“What I have heard that she said about me breaks my heart. That is because what she now believes, while not true, increases her pain. I love my daughter. I always have and always will. I pray that someday she will heal enough to know that again.”

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Michelle Knight, one of the three Cleveland victims held captive for about a decade by kidnapper Ariel Castro, will speak on the Dr. Phil show this week about her experiences inside the house of horrors.

Michelle Knight, now 32, was kidnapped in 2002 and held there for 11 years.

She escaped along with Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry May 6 after Amanda kicked out a screen door and called to a neighbor for help.

In a statement released by the Dr. Phil show says that during the segments, which will air November 5 and 6, Michelle Knight  “describes the horrible conditions in the house” and reveals her physical, mental and s**ual abuse. Michelle Knight also discusses being “tied up like a fish” and spending weeks chained and tortured in the basement.

“Was he afraid you would yell out?” television host Phil McGraw asks the woman in the episode, shown in a preview on the Dr. Phil website.

“Yeah, that’s the reason why he taped my mouth shut,” Michelle Knight said.

Michelle Knight spoke on the Dr. Phil show about her experiences inside Cleveland house of horrors

Michelle Knight spoke on the Dr. Phil show about her experiences inside Cleveland house of horrors

When Phil McGraw asked what Ariel Castro used, Michelle Knight replied: “Duct tape.”

“I picked the lock and I tried to escape,” she said.

“And [Ariel Castro] says, <<Now you’re going to be punished>>.”

Ariel Castro pleaded guilty to more than 900 counts, including kidnapping, torture and rape, and was sentenced to life in prison in a plea deal that spared him the death penalty.

He was found hanging in his prison cell on September 3, just three weeks into his sentence.

At Ariel Castro’s sentencing, Michelle Knight said capital punishment would have been “so much easier” than a life sentence for the 53-year-old.

Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, have signed a book deal, according to CBS News.

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