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Cesar Millan Calls Suicide Attempt a 'Dark Moment'

Cesar Millan Calls Suicide Attempt a 'Dark Moment'

Originally posted 11/17/2012 10:30AM

After making a bombshell revelation about his attempted suicide in 2010, Cesar Millan is once again speaking out.

Millan, 43, who hosted National Geographic's Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan until the series ended in September, opened up about his battle with depression – and the overdose that nearly took his life – for Cesar Millan: The Real Story, a documentary airing on Nat Geo Wild on Nov. 25.

"I have always been honest with my fans, which means being open about any struggles I have had along the way," he says in a statement. "It was important for me to explain all the aspects that have led to my new chapter. Although it was a dark moment for me, it showed me that I still needed to be here and I have a lot more to do."

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'Dog Whisperer' Cesar Millan: I Attempted Suicide

Cesar Millan Reveals: I Attempted Suicide

Originally posted 11/15/2012 06:30PM

It seemed Cesar Millan had been on top of the world, but then it all came crashing down.

In 2010, the trainer and television personality known as the Dog Whisperer was working with celebrity clients, had a hit show and was becoming an international advocate for bully breeds.

Millan, 43, was dealt his first loss when Daddy, the 16-year-old pit bull who had been Millan's best example of a "calm, submissive" dog, died in February.

Then, in June of that year, Millan learned that his wife of 16 years, Ilusion Millan, had filed for divorce.

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Cesar Millan Plays Cupid for New Dog Whisperer Season

Originally posted 01/06/2012 04:45PM



In an all-new season of Dog Whisperer, beginning Jan. 7, changing bad dogs into good ones requires lots of role-playing by Cesar Millan – and at least one costume change!

On Jan. 21's episode, the dog trainer looks the part of army officer when he dons fatigues at Texas's Fort Hood army base, where one local pup needs help overcoming his fear of men in camo. In February, Millan plays Cupid (minus the bow and arrow) in a Valentine's Day-themed episode in which he helps a couple who can't kiss without vigorous protesting from their little pooch.

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Cesar Millan's Wife Files for Divorce

Dog Whisperer Star Cesar Millan and Wife Split

Originally posted 06/04/2010 07:40PM

It's over for Dog Whisperer host Cesar Millan and his wife, Ilusion.

"We are sad to announce that after 16 years of marriage we have decided to file for divorce," reads a statement on posted Cesar's Web site Friday. "The decision was made after much consideration and time. We remain caring friends, and are fully committed to the co-parenting of our two boys."

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Wilmer Valderrama to Play the Dog Whisperer in a New Sitcom

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Wilmer Valderrama to Play the Dog Whisperer in a New Sitcom

Originally posted 10/19/2009 01:35PM

Wilmer Valderrama is going to the dogs.

The former star of That '70s Show will star in a half-hour sitcom based on the escapades of Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan now being developed for FOX, reports Variety.

Cesar's Way author Millan, who has re-trained some of the worst-behaved dogs ever to appear onscreen, has been involved in many, er, hairy adventures that will presumably be fodder for the new show.

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The Dog Whisperer Becomes a U.S. Citizen

The Dog Whisperer Becomes a U.S. Citizen

Originally posted 03/12/2009 06:00PM

He's famous for turning ferocious pit bulls into family pets, rehabilitating neurotic pooches and training their owners to become pack leaders. Now Cesar Millan (aka television's Dog Whisperer) can add another accomplishment to his roster: becoming a U.S. citizen.

Millan, 39, attended a swearing-in ceremony Thursday in Montebello, Calif., east of Los Angeles. Millan, who passed his citizenship test earlier this year, was cheered on by his wife Ilusion and sons Andre, 14, and Calvin, 10, all of whom are citizens.

"This is the ultimate culmination of living the American dream," Millan said in a statement. "Becoming an U.S. citizen has been a goal of mine since I first came to this great country. I have much to thank this country for, and all of the success it has afforded me and my family, and now I am proud to be a citizen."

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The Dog Whisperer Gives Advice on Obama's Puppy

The Dog Whisperer Gives Advice on Obama's Puppy

Originally posted 11/07/2008 08:05AM

When Barack Obama, his wife Michelle, and their two daughters move into the White House next year, they may have another member of the family to bring along: A puppy.

During his victory speech on Tuesday, Obama, 47, promised daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, that they'd be getting a dog for their move to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in January. So what should the First Family have in mind when looking for a pooch? Cesar Millan, the star of National Geographic Channel's Dog Whisperer, has some advice for the Obamas.

First, don't expect the canine to be impressed by the commander-in-chief just because of his resume. "The dog won't know he's Barack Obama and won the presidency," says Millan. "Dogs don't know if they live in Beverly Hills or the White House. They don't know what you do for a living."

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