Six months after entering rehab following a highly publicized incident in a Miami hotel, former Tallahassee mayor and Florida Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum is set to make his first television appearance discussing the matter.
Gillum, 41, is scheduled to appear on “Tamron Hall” to open up about the scandal that made headlines across the country. A spokesperson for the show revealed that the former politician “will discuss his swift fall from grace, his rehabilitation experience in the face of adversity, and share what his life looks like now.”
The appearance was first reported by the New York Daily News.
From 2014 to 2018, Gillum served as mayor of Tallahassee. In 2018, he became a well-known up-and-coming figure in Democratic politics while running for Governor of Florida, where he would have been the first African American to hold the position. He ultimately lost by a narrow margin to opponent Ron DeSantis.
In July, Gillum apologized to his supporters and explained his battles with depression and alcoholism in an Instagram post. After the March incident in Miami, in which the former mayor was found to be heavily intoxicated and in the presence of illegal drugs, Gillum announced that he would be “stepping down from all public facing roles” and entering a rehabilitation facility to “seek help [and] guidance.”
Gillum will be joined by his wife, R. Jai Gillum, to discuss the impact the controversy has had on their family and daily lives. The two have been married since 2009 and have three children together. On his relationship with his wife, Gillum commented: “[she is] a woman who knows everything that I am, and everything that I am not, and she chooses to love me.”
In a teaser trailer for the interview, Gillum emotionally claims that he “cried every day” after the incident. The episode of “Tamron Hall” will be part of the show’s season two premiere on Monday, September 14th.