Suzanne Somers is opening up about her unexpected home intrusion.
On Friday, the star was approached by a stranger while she was filming a Facebook Live with her husband, Alan Hamel, and his team. The cameras did not stop rolling as they exchanged a few non-threatening words with the man, who told them that his friends left him on his property.
The moment, Somers told ET’s Kevin Frazier exclusively on Sunday, was “just one of those weird things.”
“This property is not easy to access,” he said, pointing to the privately owned doors, cameras and signs of his Palm Springs home. “It was a very unusual circumstance.”
“He was definitely invading,” shared Somers. “I was glad I reacted calmly and everything went well. You never know what will happen in life.”
Somers kept her cool throughout the ordeal, which happened around 40 minutes into her live makeup tutorial. “You don’t scare me, but I’m not used to having people on my property and we’re doing a show,” she said in the video, as the man replied that he wasn’t trying to scare them, and apologized for the interruption.
Looking back at the situation, the first Step by Step Star told ET that her calm demeanor was due to her entering “crisis mode”.
“I am the son of an alcoholic … and when you live with violence or addiction or alcoholism of any kind, you handle it in a different way: or you break down and you just can’t handle it, [or go into crisis mode]”, said.” When you go into crisis mode, you feel very calm. Assess the situation and try to calm everything down. ”
“I didn’t realize it was still a part of me,” he added. “I went into that crisis mode of, ‘Something dangerous is happening right now. I’m just going to try to stay very balanced and very calm.’
Somers was expecting a couple of guests for dinner that night, and at first assumed the man was one of her early guests. “As the guy walked towards me, I realized that … everything about this guy was wrong,” he recalled.
The intruder was shirtless, wearing a bathing suit and flip-flops. Upon seeing the man, Somers’ husband went into “protective mode.”
“When I saw him walk behind me, I thought, ‘Yes, intruder, you want to get out of here. You don’t want Bad Al,'” Somers confessed.
“My first thought was, ‘This guy needs to be manipulated,'” Hamel said. “And when I got close to him, I felt a kind of pity for him. He was very young, probably in his 20s. It was a cold night, he was naked to the waist … I thought, ‘Where did you come from? … And why aren’t you dressed? ‘”
Hamel speculates that the intruder may have been a lost hiker who was delirious from dehydration.
“I suddenly realized that he was not a threat at all. In fact, he seemed like a very nice boy … I asked him to leave, and after a couple of back and forth, he left,” Hamel added. “I felt sorry for him. I thought, ‘This could be my son. I never felt threatened at all once I got close to him. “
Everyone was calm for the moment, but Somers gave the camera some shocked expressions and wide eyes.
“Unbeknownst to me, I went into Chrissy Snow mode,” Somers said, referring to her. Company of three character.
One of the fans watching Somers’ tutorial called the police, who came across the intruder at the back of the property. “The police warned him and happily fired him,” Somers explained.
After that, the actress greeted the dinner guests and gave herself a “strong tequila.” “I had two that night,” he revealed, adding that he was able to sleep soundly with the steel shutters in his bedroom.
“I just hope his ending is a good ending. Whatever he needs, I hope he has it,” Hamel said of the intruder. “I just felt bad for him. I realized, ‘He’s alone, it’s dark.’
“But don’t come back!” Somers warned.
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