Days of Our Lives is known for its epically dramatic and borderline Bizarre storylines. As a result, the soap’s characters go through some really traumatic events in the on screen lives. However, do you know that some of the actors of Days of Our Lives have experienced trauma in real life that is far worse than the on screen ones? These talented stars are so good at their craft that one would never know how much they have struggled in real life. We present to you today a list of tragedies that some of our favorite stars have experienced in real life. If you are struggling in life right now, may be this will give you some strength to get by.
Tyler Christopher : Stefan DiMera Of Days Of Our Lives
Talented actor, Tyler Christopher claimed fame for his portrayal of Stefan DiMera on Days of Our Lives. Stefan’s life in Salem has been incredibly dramatic, but it is not even a close competitor to Tyler’s real life struggles. The DOOL star has struggled with alcohol addiction for a long time, which has cost him almost everything he held dear. Tyler opened up about his life struggles on veteran star Maurice Benard’s show, State of mind.
The Days of Our Lives actor shared that he first consumed alcohol when he was barely 9 years old. He confessed to later becoming a functioning alcoholic. Something that came with lasting consequences. He flatlined twice for alcohol poisoning, however, the doctors were able to revive him. His life took an even darker turn when his wife divorced him in 2019. A month after that Tyler flatlined again, although this time it was due to alcohol withdrawal. Luckily, the doctors were able to save the star’s life. However, tragedy didn’t leave his side and he was fired from Days of Our Lives soon after.
One would expect that this would be the end of misfortune, but no, it continued. The Days of Our Lives star then suffered from a higher form of alcohol withdrawal and fell. He hit the back of his head on the bathtub and cracked his skull. Moreover, he suffered bleeding in his brain and required surgery to relieve the pressure. Thankfully, the star has been able to make full recovery after the surgery and is fully functional.
Suzanne Rogers: Maggie Horton
The veteran actress has been part of Days of Our Lives as Maggie Horton for over 40 years now and has been an integral part of many tragic storylines. In her real life too, she is no stranger to tragedy. In November 2020, Suzanne suffered a freak accident that altered the course of her life. It was just a regular day and the veteran star casually popped a medicine. However, the pill got lodged in her throat and she started to choke. The frantic actress called 911 for her medical emergency and was taken to the hospital.
The Days of Our Lives star had to be put on a ventilator as she developed pneumonia as a complication. Suzanne woke up two weeks later to find that she had lost most of her hair and her scalp was covered in scabs. Later, she was found that her old autoimmune disease called, Myasthenia has resurfaced. This led to a six-month-long battle for recovery. However, the actress stood her ground and was committed to her medication and therapy. She has since been able to return to her regular life and even shoots for her shows.
Freddy Smith: Sonny Kiriakis Of Days Of Our Lives
Freddy Smith’s character. Sonny Kiriakis along with Will Horton created history by becoming the first gay couple to get married on daytime television. Just as the Days of Our Lives star was winning fame for all the right reasons, he got involved in a car crash in Ohio. The actor was arrested for driving under the influence as he was drunk at the time of the crash. He was found guilty and was ordered to a two-year probation and had to surrender his driving license. His girlfriend, Alyssa, too was critically injured in the crash. However, she made a full recovery and the couple got married in 2020.
Linsey Godfrey: Sarah Horton
The talented Days of Our Lives actress has won much fan love after she opened up about her mental health struggles. Linsey admitted that she was diagnosed with a bipolar disorder in 2019. She also has a borderline personality disorder. The stunning star revealed that opening up about her mental health issues have given her a sense of calm and brought her peace. She had suffered in silence for a long time. Linsey shared that coming to terms with her diagnosis has been hard. but it’s a relief to finally have an explanation for all that she had been experiencing.
The days of our Lives actress shared that a borderline personality disorder is hard to treat. She struggles with many symptoms including unstable mood, feelings of emptiness and worthlessness. She even has a hard time regulating her emotions and temper. However, she stated that medication and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has helped her a lot and she is happier and healthier. Previously, the actress has also opened up about her struggles with, cancer, sexual assault and related PTSD. Linsey really has had a tough time but it is incredible how far she has come in life.
We salute all our Days of Our Lives stars for opening up about their personal struggles. It really takes a lot of strength to do so. But, hearing these things from people we idolize makes it easier for us to deal with these issues if we are ever faced with them. If you would like to share your experience, the comments section is all yours. We love hearing from you!