- The former glamorous swimsuit model, who has been living in homeless encampments in California for nearly six years, was seen puffing on a cigarette and snacking on Pringles
- Slightly less disheveled than the few last times she has been seen in public, Willison sported a tailored sleeveless jacket, a tan undershirt, black pants – and an Apple Watch on her wrist
- Seven years ago, Willison, who turned 39 on Saturday, was living the Hollywood dream, modeling and appearing on red carpets at glittering events alongside TV hunk Jeremy Jackson, whom she married in 2012
- But after developing a drug addiction, she fell on hard times and became homeless
Baywatch star Jeremy Jackson’s ex-wife Loni Willison has been spotted carrying cardboard on her head and wheeling her belongings in the streets of Los Angeles.
The former glamorous swimsuit model, who has been living in homeless encampments in California for nearly six years, was seen puffing on a cigarette and snacking on Pringles Friday.
Slightly less disheveled than the few last times she has been seen in public, Willison, who turned 39 on Saturday, sported a tailored sleeveless jacket, a tan undershirt, black pants – and an Apple Watch on her wrist that could indicate her luck is turning around.
Willison, once a magazine cover girl, was seen carrying cardboard on her head, possibly to create a makeshift tent to shield herself from the night.
She was in the company of a man, who helped her carry the cardboard, and was snapped pushing a shopping cart piled high with her belongings.
The photos, exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com, are a stark contrast to Willison’s once-glamorous life.
Just seven years ago, she was living the Hollywood dream, modeling and appearing on red carpets at glittering events alongside TV hunk Jeremy Jackson, whom she married in 2012.
But after developing a drug addiction, she has fallen on hard times and has been sleeping rough for the last six years in Venice, where the homelessness problem has reached a crisis point in recent years.
Willison was found on the streets for the first time in two years in October 2020, having been homeless since around 2016.
She has reportedly suffered from an addiction to crystal meth and various mental health issues.
Shortly after she was found she told The Sun that she is ‘doing just fine and had not had any contact with Jackson in recent years.
‘I haven’t spoken to Jeremy. I don’t want to speak to my friends, I’m doing just fine. I don’t want anyone to help me.’
Loni was married to Jeremy from 2012 until their tumultuous divorce in 2014. She once accused the actor of trying to strangle her in a violent rage.
She insisted to The Sun that she ‘can live on [her] own’ and that she has ‘everything [she] needs right here in Venice due to the area’s affluent nature.
‘I haven’t got a cell phone. I’ve got food and I’ve got a place to sleep. I get money here and there and there’s food in the bins and near the stores. There are lots here,’ she said.
Loni, who once graced the cover of Australia’s Glam Fit magazine, looked to be missing numerous teeth and had her hair styled into a pixie cut.
Before disappearing in October of 2018, Loni opened up about her tragic fall from grace in an interview with DailyMailTV earlier that month.
DailyMailTV reporters were able to locate Loni on a busy stretch of Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, where she was reunited with friend and former model Kristin Rossetti.
Loni explained to Rossetti and DailyMailTV that her unfortunate path to homelessness began in 2016 when she lost her job as an assistant at a cosmetic surgery center in LA.
She then claimed that she worked briefly for a realtor who refused to pay her, which only added to her financial, mental, and emotional turmoil.
Willison also began suffering from an increasingly severe mental illness that led to her convincing herself that she was being tortured in her apartment with electricity.
Unable to pay her bills or hold down a job, Loni, eventually, was evicted from her West Hollywood apartment and forced to live on the streets.
‘I lost two jobs and everything crumbled. It’s been two years, I’ve been on the streets since,’ she revealed.
Her hardships all occurred years after her divorce from Jeremy, which was finalized in 2014.
‘I’d split from Jeremy at that time. I have not had any contact with him. All the s**t that’s happened to me has been so f*****g crazy.’
At the time, DailyMail TV called upon the expertise of drug rehab specialist Larry Marinelli who own True Intentions sober living home and co-founded True Hope Calling to help families in crisis of substance abuse and mental health.
Larry offered to help Loni for free and even laid out a detailed treatment plan for her so she could safely battle her demons and get her life back on track.
Unfortunately, Loni was denied treatment and was back out on the streets in less than 24 hours.