Sushant Singh Rajput and Rhea Chakraborty went on a Europe trip in October 2019. Sushant’s former domestic help Ashok spoke to India Today Television and revealed the late actor’s health deteriorated after he returned from the trip. For the first time, details of what happened on the trip while the couple was in Florence, Italy, is out. Sushant Singh Rajput died by suicide on June 14, 2020. The actor’s death is currently being investigated. However, one point that has been mentioned several times during the probe is Sushant and Rhea’s Europe trip in October 2019.
Rhea Chakraborty has told officials in her statement that the couple were holidaying at Florence in Italy in October 2019 when for the first time she witnessed Sushant Singh Rajput being affected due to mental illness.
According to sources, Rhea told the officials that Sushant and she were staying at a 600-year-old heritage hotel in Italy in October 2019 during their Europe trip. The hotel had huge rooms and there were some old paintings on the walls in the room. One such painting was where Saturn was devouring its own child. Rhea was in another room with her brother Showik Chakraborty, but when she returned, she found that Sushant was chanting some mantras using a Rudraksha, and looked visibly shaken.
When Rhea tried asking him what had happened, he said he could see the characters in the painting, and was unable to describe it clearly. Rhea and Showik then slept with Sushant in the same room that night. Sushant had been hallucinating about the painting and Rhea somehow held him and consoled him, saying that those were just hallucinations.
On Sushant’s birthday in January 2020, Rhea shared a picture with the late actor from Blue Grotto, in Capri, Italy. Rhea’s caption for Sushant read: “Happy birthday to the most beautiful “supermassive black hole” that is known to mankind! Shine on you crazy diamond @sushantsinghrajput #boywithagoldenheart #rheality (sic).”
Here’s a video that Rhea shared from Blue Grotto, in Capri, Italy.
Rhea and Sushant, along with Showik, then left for a detox centre in Austria, but Sushant was not feeling well and they left from there as well. The couple was supposed to return to India on November 2, but they had to move the date to October 28. According to Rhea Chakraborty, Sushant was devoid of energy after returning from the trip and would remain silent for long hours.
Since the couple returned to Mumbai, Sushant’s condition worsened. Sometimes he would start shouting and screaming, and sometimes, he would start crying. Though Sushant was taking medical help for his condition, which according to Susan Walker, his psychotherapist, was for bipolar disorder, Rhea, who had been with him supporting and helping him all this while, also slipped into depression. On June 8, Sushant told Rhea that she should go back to her home, and that it would help her recuperate.
Rhea had also sought the appointment of a psychiatrist for herself. Even after going back to her home, Rhea said she wouldn’t step out of her room, until she heard of Sushant’s death on June 14.
Sushant Singh Rajput had even messaged Showik Chakraborty and asked about Rhea’s well-being on June 10 through SMS.