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The Bachelorette's Meredith Phillips: I'm an Alcoholic

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Jet-setting getaways. Swoon-worthy boat rides. Steamy candlelit snogging.

The Bachelorette isn't short on peddling breathtaking romantic fantasies, but for onetime star Meredith Phillips, life after all those rose ceremonies offered a hard dose of reality.

The 39-year-old reveals to People magazine that she has struggled with alcoholism, as she recounts the harrowing depths of her addiction and the battles she's waged to overcome it.

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"For years I'd wake up every day feeling like I was hit by a truck," the erstwhile reality star says.

Phillips claims that when she hit rock bottom, she was pounding back about 20 bottles of wine a week and blacking out almost every day.

She says it was a downward spiral that could only lead one inevitable, tragic outcome.

"I realized I was going to kill myself," she says. "There wasn't another path for me other than to stop."

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Now that she's six months sober, the brunette beauty is thankful that she is "finally starting to live my life again."

Fans will remember Phillips as the third runner-up during Bob Guiney's season of The Bachelor. Although, she didn't walk away with a ring, she got another shot at love when she was tapped for The Bachelorette, where she ended the season engaged to Ian McKee.

That proved to be short-lived—the duo split right after the show wrapped up—but Phillips eventually got a second pass at fame with a budding career as a culinary guru: She later released a cookbook aptly titled The Date Night Cookbook.

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