Nearly three weeks after the sudden and shocking passing of Young and the Restless star Kristoff St. John, his ex-wife Mia St. John will be appearing on The Dr. Oz Show on Friday, February 22 to talk about the actor’s struggles and his final days.
While many knew Kristoff St. John as energetic and charismatic, Mia reveals to Dr. Oz in the interview that his personality at home was much different.
Dr. Oz observed, “So let’s talk a little bit about Kristoff. He was charismatic, strong, self-confident. I could use so many adjectives, masculine adjectives and that confidence wasn’t there, I understand, off camera quite as much.” St. John replied, “No. Kristoff was, he always appeared to me and a lot of people to be probably the most confident person I’ve ever met. But, at home, personally, you know, with his family, he was actually very insecure.”
Mia also opens up about the mental health issues faced by both Kristoff and their son Julian, who passed away by suicide at 24 years old. Mia St. John told Dr. Oz, “He [Julian] had schizophrenia and Kristoff had bipolar.” Oz established that their son committed suicide in a mental health facility and asks how her ex-husband dealt with it. Miaopened up and explained, “It was our biggest nightmare. And he never, ever could recover from the guilt. He felt guilty, he felt responsible. Even though the facility was found guilty of neglect and falsifying records. And I kept trying to tell him over and over again that it was not his fault.”
She also opened up about her own struggle to stay sober when Dr. Oz said, “Alcohol can kill you, other things can as well. What do you think really happened to Kristoff?”
St. John responded, “You know, I wanna believe that it was an alcohol accidental overdose.” When Oz asked the former boxer, “Have you been able to stay sober?” Sadly, she admitted, “You know, actually no, I lost my 30 years.” Oz assured her it was alright, after which the determined St. John rallied to say, “But you know what? I am not giving up. You know, so I start over again. I pick myself back up and I’m going to continue my path for better mental health in this country. I’m going to continue to fight for it. It’s my biggest fight now.”
Mia St. John previously opened up about talking to Kristoff shortly before his death in which she revealed that he told her he saw their late son, Julian. “‘Julian’s at the door,’” Mia recalled her ex-husband telling her while on the phone. “[He] said, ‘Okay, let’s talk to Julian, bring Julian in,’” she continued
“Julian came in and he said, ‘Julian is gonna take me for a walk now’ and I said, ‘No you aren’t going for a walk right now,’” Mia told ET.
The Dr. Oz Show airs on ABC at 9:00 AM EST