We thought it was embarrassing when Lark Voorhies appeared in a Yahoo video sporting makeup that appeared to have been drawn on by a toddler, but having her mom talk to People about whether or not she’s mentally ill probably takes the cake. “I care deeply about my daughter and I want her to resume her life,” Tricia Voorhies told the magazine about the Saved By The Bell star, asserting that the actress has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Lark herself, however, denies being ill and calls her mother “over-loving.” First of all, this whole situation puts the reader in the awkward position of having to negotiate what is or is not true about someone’s mental health. And to do that based solely on an issue of People magazine? Shoot. Second of all, if Lark does in fact have bipolar, talking about it with a magazine seems like one of the least helpful ways to address it would be. And then what if she isn’t bipolar at all? There is no scenario where talking with the general public about your daughter’s unrecognized mental illness is a great idea!
On the other hand, People itself admits that the Saved By The Bell star had difficulty getting through an interview. Writer Elaine Aradillas reveals that Voorhies would “frequently stop mid-sentence and stare off, often mumbling to herself or to others who weren’t there. ” According to Lark, her distraction had a benign cause. “I have a strong spiritual sense,” she explained. “You caught me in moments of pray [sic].” We hope that’s the case. Even more so, we hope someone other than the reading public is called upon to assess Lark’s situation.
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