Exclusive: Lark Voorhies on Mental Health Rumors

by ETonline Staff 8:01 AM PST, November 08, 2012
Playing Exclusive: Lark Voorhies on Mental Health Rumors

In an exclusive interview, former Saved by the Bell star Lark Voorhies sits down with ET's Christina McLarty, refuting rumors that she is struggling with mental health issues.

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Last month, Voorhies and her mother Tricia spoke to People, with Tricia claiming that the 38-year-old former teen star has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Likewise, former co-star Dustin Diamond told the magazine that he felt Voorhies "wasn't the Lark [he] knew" when he met with her in 2003 to record commentary for a Saved by the Bell box set.

Now, Voorhies responds to these allegations, saying, "I have no worries myself, nor do I exude, exhibit or possess within my living stratus any reason why someone should worry [on] my behalf. ... It's completely fictional."

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As a showbiz veteran who has weathered a few storms in her life (she divorced in 2004, remarrying three years later), Voorhies explains how she stays strong in the face of adversity, saying, "It's much like fighting ... when you enlist in the Army, you get yourself physically fit, mentally fit and informational-wise fit, so it's just the same. It's like stage boot camp. You know, you put all the right elements together and you keep them going ... we have to be entertainers. This is our particular angle."

People tells ET, "People Magazine spent hours with Lark Voorhies and spoke to those closest to her. We stand by our story."

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Tune in to ET tonight for more of Voorhies' revealing interview.