Less than two months after she was found, Arielle Kebbel's sister Julia has finally opened up about the mysterious circumstances to her disappearance in a lengthy post shared on her sister's Instagram.
Julia opened her emotional message with "To you, from my loving sis." In the lengthy post, the 36-year old revealed that she suffers from bipolar disorder, which ultimately led to her disappearance.
"My name is Julia Kebbel. I have bipolar disorder and suffered a severe episode at the end of January 2018. It led to me experiencing a psychotic break from reality, during which time, I went missing with my dog, Cindy," Julia wrote in a post shared on Arielle's Instagram on Tuesday.
In the same post, Julia thanked those who supported her family during her disappearance and those people who helped her even though they did not know her. She thanked her family, friends, colleagues, and the good Samaritans who helped her.
"I would like to thank every person involved in the search for us for your incredible outpouring of support and love," she added.
Julia also updated everyone on her wellbeing, saying that she and Cindy are now "safe." She said she has been receiving treatment for her mental health. On the positive side, she wants her experience to help raise awareness of mental health disorders. She wants people to know how to fight the "stigmatization of these illnesses that affect so many."
A post shared by Arielle Kebbel (@ariellekebbel) on Mar 13, 2018 at 1:12pm PDT
"I proudly stand with you." - With love and gratitude, Julia Kebbel," Julia ended her message, which now has over 30,000 likes as of this writing.
Messages of sympathy and support poured out from fans. Others who experience mental health disorders applauded Julia for speaking the truth about her bipolar disorder.
"From a fellow sufferer of bipolar disorder, I am so glad you are safe. Get well and keep fighting the good fight for us who suffer from mental illness," one fan wrote.
"We love you, Julia. So proud of you. So honored to know you. So humbled by your bravery. So grateful for your safety. So happy you remain the vibrant spark I came to love and adore so many years ago. Standing with you in spirit," another commented.
Julia disappeared early in February with her chocolate Labrador Cindy. She was last seen walking Cindy on Jan. 31 around 11 p.m. in the Los Angeles neighborhood Silver Lake. Arielle solicited the help of her social media followers in her search. She gave physical descriptions including the defining tattoos on her sister's body.