It wasn’t that long ago that Loni Willison was on top of the world. A successful fitness model and married to a former Baywatch star, Willison was living the dream. But a mental breakdown and a nasty divorce found Jeremy Jackson‘s ex-wife living on the streets. Missing for nearly two years, the former model was spotted again in October. Since then, it’s been nothing but infamy for the woman as she’s been spotted on the fringes of celebrity society, occasionally picking through trash. Now, Willison has been spotted trash-diving again – this time, in Santa Monica.
Loni Spotted Trash Diving – Again!
Ever since Willison became homeless, she’s made several unfortunate appearances over the past few months. Willison was spotted in January, digging through trash in Venice Beach.
Now, Willison has resurfaced again. This time, in Santa Monica. Wearing a black hoodie and a blue hat, Willison was seen digging through a dumpster and pulling a covered shopping cart along with her. Willison has been suffering from substance abuse disorder and mental health crises and this most recent sighting is a reminder that she’s still in desperate need of help.
After a Mental Breakdown, Loni’s Life Turned Upside-Down
So how did a fitness model with a mega-famous husband end up on the streets? Willison’s story is a sad one. Willison and Jackson broke up after a series of arguments culminated in what Willison says was an attack by Jackson. The Sun reports that after that, “The former model was an assistant at an LA cosmetic surgery center and apparently had a mental breakdown in 2016.
Due to the breakdown, she lost her job, apartment and car and was forced to live on the streets.
She began using drugs and has since battled an addiction to meth and alcohol.
Additionally, she is dealing with mental health issues.”
Although the Sun contacted her and she assured them that she was fine and did not need help, the former fitness model is clearly struggling.
It’s hard for her loved ones to see Willison around and know how much she’s lost, it’s better seeing her around and knowing she’s alive. Because for 2 years, no one knew where she was. Willison dropped off the radar in 2018 after friends attempted to get her in rehab. However, in October of 2020, she was suddenly spotted again. And since then, she’s been seen around Southern California a few times.
Jeremy Has Refused to Help
Despite having significant resources, ex-husband Jackson is uninterested in helping his struggling former spouse. Per the Sun; “Jeremy’s ex-girlfriend, Cindy Kovacs, exclusively told The Sun that the actor refused to help his ex-wife years after their split in 2014.
… She said: ‘It’s really sad what happened to Loni and she never got the help she needs.’
…She claimed: ‘Jeremy was going to get her help [after] Loni ran away, but he didn’t do anything. It was worth nothing to him.
‘He didn’t give a s–t. It was appalling, sickening.’
When approached by The Sun at his home, Jeremy had no comment about his ex-wife’s troubled life.”
Jackson, who is a child star and has battled addiction issues himself, has focused on health and wellness in recent years.
Willison Says She Doesn’t Need Anyone
While friends and family certainly disagree, Willison claims she doesn’t need any help. The Sun shared an interview with a photographer who tried to help; “‘I’m just kind of stuck,’ she said in a heart-wrenching interview.
‘Even if I could ask for help there is not a whole lot anyone could do,’ she said, thanking the photographer who brought her shoes and food.
‘I got electrocuted before I became homeless for nine months solid, every f**king day and so I can’t stay in one spot,’ Willison said.
‘I can’t live in a building, I can’t live in a home, I can’t live anywhere because I have to move around constantly,’ she continued.
‘I’m not going to mess up someone else’s life because people f–ked with me so I just have to wait it out and see what happens as time goes on,’ the former model continued.”
Willison assures that she’s got everything she needs with her, and that nobody cared anyway. Willison’s sightings are a grim reminder of the toll that substance abuse and untreated mental health crises can have on anyone – even the wealthy and successful.