When “Vanderpump Rules” star Jax Taylor found himself verging on a downward drug spiral, he credits two things that pulled him out: his fiancée and cannabis. As he revealed in an interview with Men’s Health, Taylor experienced a dark period following the death of his father, who he called his “best friend.” Taylor’s dad died last December after a battle with esophageal cancer.
Taylor told the magazine that he might not be here today if it wasn’t for his partner Brittany Cartwright urging him to use cannabis.
“I was in a deep rut,” Taylor revealed. “I was literally going to lock myself in a room and do enough drugs to hurt myself, adding, ““Brittany was, like, ‘I understand where you’re coming from. I can’t imagine what you’re going through, but can you try something?’”
Taylor said Cartwright encouraged him to apply for a medical marijuana card, which radically transformed his life.
Not only did Taylor leave behind alcohol, drugs, and potential self-harm, he also dedicated himself to his mental and physical health. In the past year, Taylor dropped 42 pounds and works out twice a day, five times a week, often partaking in cannabis beforehand.
Said Taylor, “I tried it and it changed my life. I said, ‘You know what? I’m not going to hurt myself. I’m not going to drink. I’m going to flip this around and make my dad proud. I’m going to go to the gym. We’re going to start some businesses. We’re going to move up.’”
Unhealthy eating habits had also taken over Taylor’s diet. He traded Postmates for Doritos and other junk food for “turkey club sandwiches, chicken, steak, and potatoes.” Cartwright says she’s “very, very proud” of the changes her fiancée has made.
“He impresses me every single day,” she said. “Not only by going to the gym and making healthier choices, but by seeing how happy and confident he is now. He has helped me in so many ways to stick to my own gym classes, and being a great gym partner. We diet together and we have amazing cheat meals together. I think he looks so handsome and his dedication to me and to change is so sexy!”