In his first press conference since his daughter publicly revealed her struggle with drugs and depression, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio praised Chiara de Blasio’s decision to open up and encourage others battling addiction to seek help.
Ms. de Blasio revealed the information in an emotional Christmas Eve video, of which Mr. de Blasio said today he couldn’t be more proud.
“We are so proud of our daughter. It took courage. It took strength. It was an incredibly genuine expression in her own words of what she confronted and how she overcame it. And I think the central point is that she–and we supported her in every way we knew how–she was the one who took the lead for making her own life right,” Mr. de Blasio said, deflecting a question on whether he considered tempering his political ambitions to focus on his family.
The public response has been overwhelmingly positive, Mr. de Blasio said, especially from parents who went through similar issues themselves. “I think a lot of people were really touched by it,” he continued. (The video has accumulated almost a million views on YouTube.)
The mayor-elect took multiple additional questions on the topic, speaking earlier this afternoon at a press conference announcing another hire for his administration.
Asked about the video’s production, Mr. de Blasio said his family personally paid for it but declined to elaborate with additional details. He also declined to say whether any drugs besides marijuana and alcohol were involved.
“I’m not going to get into a lot of the specifics here,” Mr. de Blasio replied, succinctly. “I think the video speaks for itself.”