Celebrity hypnotherapist Kimberly Friedmutter sat down with DailyMailTV for an exclusive interview
Celebrity hypnotherapist Kimberly Friedmutter has revealed how her famous clients are ‘melting down’ over the stresses and strains of the coronavirus lockdown – including her most loyal client, ‘Queen of Versailles’ Jackie Siegel.
Kimberly says the rich and famous face a unique situation while stranded at home without the help of their huge staff to service their every need, and some just can’t cope.
‘My clientele involves everyone from A-list celebrities to billionaires, CEOs, titans of industry, politicos and they’re all struggling during the lockdown,’ she told DailyMailTV exclusively.
‘All I’m hearing is where’s my driver? Where’s my stylist? Has anyone seen my assistant, house manager.
‘I’m seeing a lot of clients coming to me because the horse trainer isn’t coming, their pilots are sick or their captains on their yachts are sick.
‘My celebrity clients are suffering the most. I’m seeing massive mommy-meltdowns, self esteem issues, sleeplessness, anxiety, fear, depression and divorce talk, some are even questioning their sexual orientation.
‘My fear is that some, unfortunately, just won’t make it, no matter how much therapy they get.’
And Kimberly, who also provides premium solution coaching and teletherapy via online platforms like Zoom, says her services have never been in such high demand.
The 56-year-old former model charges her high-performing clients $1,000 an hour, but during the global pandemic she insists on a minimum $25,000 retainer to reserve sessions.
A long time client of Kimberly’s, Jackie Siegel, is one celebrity who openly admits to struggling with the lockdown
Kimberly tells how her clientele of billionaires, politicians and A-listers are coping with COVID-19 lockdowns. Kimberly is seen treating two time World Series of Poker champion Jennifer Harman
Kimberly (with Martha Stewart), originally from San Antonio, Texas, says stars face regular issues, with typical requests including to lose weight, quit smoking or improve their sex lives, but quarantine has added a new level of stress in their lives
Kimberly (pictured with former president Barack Obama) tells DailyMailTV that the rich and famous are at a loss while stranded at home without the help of their huge staff to service their every need
Speaking from her $5million mansion, called Shangri-Las Vegas, just outside Sin City in Nevada, Kimberly is acutely aware of some of the stresses celebrities and high earning individuals are going through.
‘All I’m hearing is where’s my driver? Where’s my stylist? Has anyone seen my assistant, house manager,’ she said. Kimberly has met and been photographed with high-powered politicians, including President Donald Trump
The successful model, reality star and businesswoman along with architect husband Brad, who is the mastermind behind some of the most expensive integrated resorts and casinos in the world including The Cosmopolitan on the Vegas Strip, together have a combined net worth in excess of $45 million.
Before the lockdown they had a large staff of maids, helpers, maintenance men, gardeners and personal trainers, all of which they can no longer utilize.
‘I had to ask one of the girls how to mix the bleach to clean the floors the other day,’ said Kimberly. ‘We also have animals, so it’s not easy.’
Kimberly, originally from San Antonio, Texas, says her celebrity clients are facing a lot of similar issues as the rest of us, including weight gain, excessive drinking or problems with their marriage.
But what they are mainly lacking is any kind of coping mechanism to handle day to day life without any help.
‘My clients are now really on their own when it comes to serving themselves,’ Kimberly said. ‘So for example, if they’re used to having their groceries bought for them or they’re used to having nannies for the children, now they really honestly, earnestly don’t know what to do, how to run that household.
‘They don’t know what products to use on what surfaces and basic things like that.
‘They’re worried about, ”I’m going to change my sheets, now I’m going to do the ironing”, and all of these things that are a whole other skill set.
‘All of these subtle changes might not seem like big deals to the rest of us, but they’re a very big deal to celebrities and they’re losing control.
‘I would say that there’s a lot of houses that are going to go kind of undone because one of the issues with anxiety, fear, depression, and all these things is that you don’t feel particularly productive.’
How quarantine stripped ‘Queen of Versailles’ Jackie Siegel of five maids, a chef and groundskeeper
Queen of Versailles Jackie Siegel, 53, told DailyMailTV that coronavirus quarantine has stripped her of the five maids, chef, groundskeepers and maintenance men that usually help her family manage their 26,000 square foot estate on a private island in Florida.
‘A lot of people try to think of me as a prima donna,’ she said. ‘I grew up from a small town, three bedroom, one bathroom house. I knew what it was doing my own laundry, I had two working parents.
‘The problem is in such a big estate, it’s not possible for one person to be able to do everything. It’s 26,000 feet. It gets very stressful. My husband probably sees less of me now than when he would come home from work and I’d be there waiting for him, dressed nice.’
Reality star Siegel said her large family look to her to run the household, thrusting jobs on her she hasn’t had to think about for years.
Jackie Siegel told DailyMailTV how she’s coping with the COVID-19 lockdown
Siegel has been seeing Kimberly for years and has continued her sessions during quarantine
‘I’ve got two staff members that are quarantining with us. We have guest houses that they live in. So I do have some staff here which helps take care of all the animals and helps me,’ she said.
‘But it’s been very difficult because there’s seven kids here, my husband – who’s like having seven kids – and a couple of their girlfriends and two of my nieces.
‘That’s like 13 or 14 people. It’s really been a strain on me.’
Siegel said it was more important to her that all her staff are safe from the virus and added that she was grateful for her vast fortune.
Her billionaire husband David’s company, Westgate Resorts, has donated more than 100 boxes of food and 1800 lbs of produce to food banks for those severely impacted by the virus and lockdown, as well as 1,000 goggles and 50,000 masks and gloves to hospital staff.
But she revealed that even the Siegel’s luxurious life has been impacted by the nationwide quarantine.
‘I feel like the old woman in the shoe. I feel like I’m doing everything,’ she told DailyMailTV. ‘All these kids, they’re growing teenagers. Every five minutes ”I’m hungry, I’m hungry.” I’m a chef, I’m grooming the dogs, doing cleaning and everything.
‘And then my husband still wants me to be there for him, and I feel kind of like a little bit of a haggard housewife.
‘This is one of the few times that I’ve actually put on makeup in a month. Normally I’m just in my tank top and workout shorts.’
Siegel said one of her challenges has been figuring out where her five maids keep all the cleaning supplies in their 12-bedroom house.
‘My carpet has got a lot of dog hair on it. I just need to find the vacuum,’ she said.
‘There’s all these different bottles and I don’t know what’s for what. And a lot of it’s in different languages. I don’t know if something’s for the carpet or for the laundry. That’s been a little bit of a challenge.
‘We even have weeds growing out in the yard. I had to pluck my own weeds on the way out to the barbecue yesterday they were getting so high. I think I need some gloves.’
She’s been seeing Kimberly via video chat which has helped her to de-stress
The billionaire’s wife said that she has resorted to sessions with celebrity hypnotherapist Kimberly Friedmutter via video chat to de-stress when her new mountain of chores becomes too overwhelming.
‘She’ll start by saying, ‘Jaqueline, I want you to lay back and relax. Put everything aside. Think of the light and the warmth coming through your body. Come to your inner peace’,’ Siegel said.
‘I do it right here in front of my fireplace in my closet. I put my little mask on… After I’m done with my therapy session, I just feel so rejuvenated. I almost don’t know if I want to go back into the real world now, she’s got me so relaxed all the time.’
Despite her slew of domestic duties, Siegel said the lockdown has brought her family together, healing wounds left when her teenage daughter Victoria died from a drug overdose in 2015.
‘Having this forced family time, we’ve all become a little bit more bonded. That’s something I will keep with us. We’ve learned how to reunite again,’ she said.
‘We’ve been through a tough time. When we lost our daughter five years ago it actually kind of distanced us. I thought it would bring us together. I went in a dark place. So now we’ve reunited as a family and I think it’s something we’re going to take out of all this.
Homeschooling is also another big issue Kimberly says her clients face.
Celebrities are used to having their kids at private schools or at home with private tutors.
What’s more the therapist says stars who are used to a busy schedule or traveling around the world, have seen things suddenly stop and ‘turn internal’.
‘Actors and people in entertainment are used to direction. They’re used to being told what to do, what schedule to keep,’ she says.
‘So when their personal assistants aren’t showing up, house managers, stylists, personal trainers, all of these people that help them are just gone, it’s almost like they’re all alone on a planet because everyone seems to have vanished.
‘Then when you add on the fact that my gals aren’t getting their hair touched up, they’re not getting their nails done or having their botox or fillers.
‘All of those private services that were luxury items for them, those have all stopped and it’s really starting to affect them.
‘And so you have this interesting shift and I’m getting these really frantic calls and desperate texts from clients.
‘Not to mention the upset with too much of a spouse, too much of the children, too little me time and all of the things that they’ve become accustomed to.
‘It’s an interesting dynamic because everything we knew about life has changed.’
The 56-year-old former model charges her high-performing clients $1,000 an hour, but during the global pandemic she insists on a minimum $25,000 retainer
The glamorous hypnotist has been pictured with former President Bill Clinton and his wife former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Kimberly is renowned for treating A-list actors, top musicians, billionaires, CEOs and leading politicians.
And while she has to keep tight lipped about the big names she has hypnotized – she signs NDAs with most – those who have been vocal about her include Sharon Stone, David Hasselhoff and socialite Jackie Siegel, also known as The Queen of Versailles.
But with other big name celebrity supporters including the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Martha Stewart, Mike Tyson, Quincy Jones and George Lopez, her services are in high demand.
‘It’s been literally a hand holding mission with most of my celebrity clients,’ she says. ‘And it’s been very interesting because they bucked it at first – this can’t really happen.
‘There was a lot of denial and as it’s gone on, their first reaction was, ‘wow, this can’t be happening’.
‘The surprise and shock of it all, then the anger. Now we’re kind of in that sadness stage and many are ready to move and act and really break the doors down.’
She added: ‘And what happens is that it always ends in a tearful rage. There’s been times where it just really gets to be too much. There’s a breaking point.’
A long time client of Kimberly’s, Jackie Siegel, is one celebrity who openly admits to struggling with the lockdown.
During the quarantines Kimberly is offering coaching and teletherapy via online platforms like Zoom and tells DailyMailTV that her services have never been in such high demand
Kimberly is conducting regular hypnotherapy sessions with Siegel, who allowed DailyMailTV to look in on one.
‘She is so much fun and usually you can’t hardly keep up with her because you’re chasing her all over the globe,’ says Kimberly, who says she’s known Siegel for years.
‘And you know, it’s really interesting because she’s the perfect example of the celebrity meltdown when it comes to mommy mayhem.
‘She has seven children at home and she has girlfriends and nieces and nephews that are hunkering down with them too. They’re animal lovers and so they have all of these pets and really a full life.
‘And then of course she has her husband David who is in the vulnerable category for coronavirus, he’s 80 plus years old and so fabulous and so much energy and in great shape, but he also needs to be very careful.
‘Then on top of that you have Jackie who is not used to doing her own hair and not used to doing her own nails and not used to cooking her own food or attending to her children.
‘And so we’ve been doing these sessions just to calm her down and just to ease her anxiety and just to make her feel more like herself.’
Kimberly says Siegel is ‘doing pretty great’m despite her struggles in lockdown
Regardless of her struggles Kimberly says Siegel is ‘doing pretty great’.
‘She says it’s been really fun because she’s getting to know her children better,’ Kimberly said.
The therapist says some of the other issues she is seeing with her famous clients relate to isolation.
‘They’re really (suffering) fear of relevancy in media because everyone is home and we’re all watching television,’ she explains.
‘What’s happening is the anxiety of change. We are evolutionary creatures and they say if you don’t move and you don’t change and you don’t adapt, you die.
‘And so that survivalism comes in there. And the idea that if we don’t lean into this, if we don’t cuddle up to it, then something’s going to happen.’
She says a lot of her star clients are looking for a new way to rebrand themselves during lockdown, with many turning to social media to stay relevant.
The successful model, reality star and businesswoman along with architect husband Brad, (pictured together with Mark Cuban) who is the mastermind behind some of the most expensive integrated resorts and casinos in the world including The Cosmopolitan on the Vegas Strip, together have a combined net worth in excess of $45 million
But without the cameras trained on them a lot of celebs have lost the motivation to look after themselves.
‘They usually have all of this motivation to watch their eating and watch their drinking and keep in physical form,’ Kimberly said.
‘But when you don’t have that, the tendency is to go ahead and relax a little bit.
‘So we’re seeing weights go up, that’s been a big issue.
‘There’s a lot of fun, reverie with that time off, where you really imagine this time as maybe a little forced vacation for you, but it can’t have that element to it.’
Original Victoria’s Secret model Kimberly says she hasn’t been busier since coronavirus took a grip of the nation and she’s been flooded with new clients from all over the world.
She says she’s doing her best to keep her clients cool and calm and she anticipates a lot of creative energy being expelled once lockdown is lifted.
‘I do think that the outcome of this is that people will realize that they could rise to the occasion and that it is a rough and bumpy road for most. We’ll all come out on the other side.’
Kimberly has written a book called Subconscious Power about the art of hypnosis and how to improve your life through her teachings.