EXCLUSIVE: Baywatch star Jeremy Jackson’s former swimsuit model ex-wife Loni Willison, 38, is spotted barefoot and homeless while rummaging through trash on the streets of Venice
- Loni Willison was spotted scavenging for food on the streets of Venice, California
- The former swimsuit model, who has been homeless for nearly six years, was seen Tuesday going barefoot and stopping at dumpsters
- Willison was snapped pushing a shopping cart piled with her belongings while making stops at trash cans around the tourist beach city to scavenge for food
- The 38-year-old, once a magazine cover girl, was unrecognizable during the sighting, wearing layers of clothing and going without shoes
Baywatch star Jeremy Jackson’s ex-wife Loni Willison has been spotted walking barefoot and rummaging through trash in the streets of Los Angeles.
The former swimsuit model, who has been homeless for nearly six years, resurfaced in Venice Tuesday for the first time since she was seen last spring.
Willison was snapped pushing a shopping cart piled high with her belongings while making stops at public trash cans around the tourist beach city to scavenge for food.
The 38-year-old, once a magazine cover girl, was unrecognizable during the sighting, wearing layers of clothing and going without shoes.
She wore a multicolor circle scarf, denim jacket, leggings, a backwards cap, and tied a flannel shirt around her waist.
Willison was seen sipping on McDonald’s drink as she stopped to forage a garbage can on the street earlier in the day.
She was spotted again later in the evening, puffing on a cigarette and digging for more food in a dumpster in an alley.
The photos, exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com, are a stark contrast from 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 in the streets for the first time in two years in October 2020, having been homeless since around 2016.
She has reportedly suffered from from an addiction to crystal meth and various mental heath issues.
Shortly after she was found she told The Sun that she is ‘doing just fine’ and has 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’s 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 denied treatment and was back out on the streets in less than 24 hours.-Dailymail