Donna Micheletti, Gia's mom, has already recorded her revealing interview with Dr. Phil, and People has stunning excerpts from their conversation.
Donna says she was on the phone with the 29-year-old Bachelor star as she hanged herself in her apartment in New Orleans. But why did Gia want her mom to be on the phone at that moment? "I'm the closest person in the world to her and she didn't want to be alone when she left this world," Donna says. "So she wanted Mommy to be there, I guess."
"It destroys me but if it made her feel better, then that's fine," Donna continues. "I don't mind dealing with this." Wow — so tough to hear.
Donna wishes that Gia would have given herself some time to think things through before taking her own life. "I'm really mad that she did this for no reason," Donna says. "In 12 hours, it would have been fine. I'm really angry." According to a police report, Gia hanged herself following an argument with boyfriend Ryan Anderson over allegations that he had cheated on her.
Jake Pavelka, who was the Bachelor on Gia's season and remained friends with her, also is interviewed during the episode. "I've never lost anybody close to me," Jake tells Dr. Phil while tearing up. "Gia really understood me. We got really close after the show. We had such a special relationship. I can't tell you how lucky I feel that I knew her, but I wish it was not for such a short time, because I've never met anybody like her."
Our thoughts continue to go out to Donna, Jake, and all of Gia's loved ones.