“I know when I was struggling and when I wasn’t on the show, and for me, there is such a clear difference. It was basically everything that was pre-pandemic were my darkest days with alcohol. There were times that the producers and nobody that I was filming with knew but where I knew I was very drunk for the actual scenes, and it was hard for me to watch that.”
After seeing himself feud with a fellow realtor, knowing that he was drunk in that scene, Tyler admitted that he was mortified with what he saw:
“I was like, ‘Oh God.’ I remember I was so nervous before that, and I was drinking, and I was like, ‘That is such like a drunk, you know, immature Tyler reaction.’ And then now I see myself, you know, in sobriety, I’m so much more grounded. I’m more patient. I’m more confident. I have what I call sober reactions, which is where I stand up for myself, but with dignity and respect.”
After seeing a difference with his reactions sober vs. drunk Tyler stated “I was like, ‘That’s who I want to be in this world. Like, that’s the life I want to live.’ That’s been such a gift of this show for me, personally.”
Fortunately for Tyler, Fredrick Eklund (fellow MDLNY star) also went sober and the two check in with each other on their sobriety:
“Frederik also quit drinking, and he announced it, I guess, probably a similar time to when I did, and neither of us knew that each other had quit drinking until we posted it.” “It’s definitely been nice to share that with him.”
Tyler went on to say that it took him awhile to see that he had a problem as the problem wasn’t obvious to everyone around him:
” I was still showing up for work. I wasn’t mean. And so I was kind of just getting away with it. And I think because of that, I wasn’t putting a huge effort into fixing this problem that I was very aware of. I was very aware of it. But it was like my dirty little secret.”
Usually reality TV worsens drinking habits so it’s refreshing to see someone take a step back, evaluate, then make healthier decisions.
Are you watching MDLNY this season? What are your thoughts?