Kel Mitchell is known for his bubbly personality and hilarious off-the-wall antics, which made people laugh until they cried on Nickelodeon’s All That and its spinoff Kenan & Kel. However, the funnyman recently revealed that once the curtains closed, he felt “suicidal.”
Mitchell, who starred on both shows rode high on the groundbreaking success until life came to a screeching halt when Kenan & Kel was cancelled in 2000 after four years on the air.
According to the comedian, once the show was axed from the network, roles became increasingly harder to come by, his finances went into disarray and his six-year marriage to the mother of his two daughters, Tyisha Hampton ended.
“I felt like I hit a wall,” he said in an interview with People. “I was like ‘Okay, I need to figure out what to do in my life.’ “
The 34-year-old said this “confusion moment” led him to drugs and alcohol in an effort to cope with his life’s issues that were prompted by “the lost of love ones due to gang violence, debt, hurt, pain, vanity, lust [and] heartbreak.”
After feeling “lost and looking for answers,” the preacher’s grandson returned to his Christian roots and found the understanding he longed for.
“I was trying to figure it all out on my own, but what I needed to do was turn to Him,” he said. “Once I found that clarity with Christ, I knew everything would work out.”
Today, the comedian’s days of depression are behind him. The actor, who married rapper and designer Asia Lee in 2012, stars on a new sitcom Game Shakers, which airs on Nickelodeon. (Saturdays, 8:30 p.m. ET).
And just last month, Mitchell, who is also a manager at a non-denominational Los Angeles Christian church and motivational speaker, reunited with his former co-star Kenan Thompson for a ‘Good Burger’ skit on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
The newlywed and father of two girls is grateful for his healthy mental space.
“I enjoy living this life,” he said. “I don’t let things frustrate or worry me anymore. I don’t do that because I have peace in my heart. I have God.”