On August 14, Gia Allemand was taken off life support and pronounced dead at University Hospital in New Orleans, of apparent attempted suicide by hanging. At her side when she passed were mother Donna Micheletti and basketball-star boyfriend Ryan Anderson.
Since that day, people have come out of the woodwork, claiming to be the Bachelor star's friends and making statements about her state of mind at the time of her death.
On August 16, her mother went on record with E! News to refute those reports.
"The family and close friends of Gia Allemand have not spoken to the media to date, nor have they posted comments or insight on Twitter," Donna Micheletti says, referring to all the tweets and stories that have been circulating.
"There are numerous statements and theories in the media regarding Gia's death and her life that refer to sources close to Gia or friends of hers."
In truth, GIa had many friends and fans, especially from her stints on The Bachelor Season 14 and Bachelor Pad Seasons 1 and 2, as well as through her modeling exposure.
The ever-smiling, beautiful Queens native showed herself to be a loyal friend, a sensitive soul, and an open-hearted person during her emotional turns with the ABC franchise.
Many of the people who have written about Gia’s death — inferring from her hanging that she was depressed, on drugs, upset about her relationship, or whatever else — don’t know anything, according to Gia’s mother.
"As her mother, I am well aware of Gia's close friends and her best friends, and I am personally going on record to refute all statements to the media out there thus far with the exception of official statements we have released through publicist Penelope Jean Hayes and those jointly with Ryan Anderson's NBA team representation,” Donna says in her statement.
Although likely many of the people who are speaking about Gia do believe they were close to Gia, Donna believes that only a few truly were, and those friends have apparently been asked not to speak about Gia to the media.
"Gia liked everyone and always found the good in people; however, there were acquaintances [with whom] she had disassociated [who] are now speaking as her close friends.”
In fact, there is one person who spoke to the New York Daily News about Gia’s depression that her mother wants completely removed from the dialogue: “I don't like to give further publicity by mentioning names here. However there is a particular individual, Loredana Ferriolo, identifying herself as Gia's best friend; and the fact is that Gia expressed directly to me that she did not trust this individual and her motives for her own public exposure."
Perhaps this distrust of those looking to further their careers, their popularity, through Gia’s death, is why the funeral may ultimately be private. Originally stated as open to the public, Gia’s rep later told Wetpaint that the family is still undecided on who will be invited to pay their respects.
And while Donna didn’t give further insight as to what may have led to her daughter’s overwhelmingly tragic death, she did say that she will do so at some point. Following the funeral, she plans "to speak about my dear daughter's life and death and will do so in an open-disclosure way with a trusted media source."
Our thoughts are with Gia’s family and close friends.
Source: E! News