For Bill Klein, one half of TLC's The Little Couple, it was a time of overwhelming bullying and struggles with mental illness, the reality star revealed in a candid new interview with HuffPost Live.
"In college, I had reached the deepest [pit] of depression and that brought me to the brink," Klein said. "Since then, things have turned around huge for me. My life has gotten better and better every single year. I've had bumps along the road every year to deal with, but that said, I hope I can teach my kids to do better than I did when it comes to dealing with people you can't control."
Klein, who attended New York University, said his time there was "punctuated by times where I was bullied more than I like to remember." The star suffers from a rare form of dwarfism called spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia and, as a result, stands at about four feet tall.
But Klein is using his own difficult past to set an example for his two children, 4-year-old Will and 3-year-old Zoey.
"I like to think I can police every child my son or daughter will interact with until they're 45 years old, but that's not realistic," he joked. "I hope I can arm them with enough intelligence to disseminate the difference between what matters and what doesn't. Hopefully they'll be able to understand the difference more quickly and not let it affect them that much. If they do that, I'll have done everything I'd hoped and more."
And others may soon be able to follow Klein's example about standing tall in the face of adversity — he and his wife are writing a book together, called Life Is Short (No Pun Intended): Love, Laughter, and Learning to Enjoy Every Moment.
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