Kendra Entered Mental Hospital at 15 for "Suicidal" Thoughts

Celebrity News Mar. 16, 2010 AT 7:11PM

Years before she shot to fame as a Playboy playmate, reality star and married mom, Kendra Baskett survived some dark, dark days as a troubled teen.

In her new E! True Hollywood Story (watch a clip above), Baskett, now, 24, says that she was "about 13" when she had her first experience with cocaine.

"All of a sudden [my friends] broke out this white stuff," she recounts. "I started feeling pretty good. That was the start of my drug days."

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By the time Kendra was 15, she was abusing drugs, "feeling suicidal" and "cutting myself," she says. After Kendra admitted to swallowing a "a half dozen or so medications" at school, her mother Patti decided to check her in for two weeks at a secured psychiatric facility.

"It was crazy in that place," Baskett tells THS. "We didn't see daylight. We weren't allowed outside. It was basically a jail, but it was a hospital."

Her grandmother, Mary, admits, "None of us had ever had a situation like that in the family. Her mother and I did a lot of crying."

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Yet the future star's hospitalization "did not change me at all," Baskett says. "I think it made me worse because in my heart I didn't want to change. People were forcing me, and that's something that does not work with me."

By her sophomore year of high school, Baskett was a runaway. "I was still on drugs," she says. "I met a guy and I ended up running away with him."

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That boyfriend was bad news, she admits now. "All throughout sophomore year I lived with this guy and I did drugs for that long. Every day, every minute."

Kendra's shocking True Hollywood Story premieres on E! Wednesday at 10 p.m. EST. Watch a video clip from the special now (above).

For more on Kendra and her life today as new mom, pick up the latest issue of Us Weekly -- on newsstands now.

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