“America’s Got Talent” judge Howie Mandel revealed a funny story while appearing on “The Ellen Degeneres show on Monday. The 66-year-old entertainer was guest-hosting the show. He told his guest that one of his daughters “wanted a tattoo of a camel on her toe.”
While he joked that he found it funny, he vetoed the idea. The episode’s guest, Melanie C responded to Mandel speaking of her own tattoos and her “love-hate relationship” with them. She told Mandel, “Now I understand my parents when I first talked to them about me getting tattoos, because my dad was so against the idea.”
Mandel added though, that both of his daughters are adults now and can do what they wish with their bodies.
Howie Mandel’s Struggle with Mental Illness
Though it was unclear which of his daughters wanted the raunchy tattoo, Mandel has spoken out in the past about his daughter Jackie Schultz’ struggle with OCD. Howie himself struggles with the disorder on top of anxiety and depression.
Schultz told People in an interview about how her fear of germs– a fear her father also shares, affected her during the pandemic. “It was really, really hard,” she said. “My anxiety sometimes leads to depression. I went through the extreme and I just locked myself in. I’ve been isolated and scared for a year and a half and now that things are starting to open back up, I’m really not at the same place that most people are. I’m working with a therapist to get back out into the world.” Mandel and Schultz say they are closer than ever.
Mandel has also been very open about his own struggles with OCD and being afraid of germs, a fear that he especially struggled with during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Mandel says his family helps him through it all. Mandel said, “There isn’t a waking moment of my life when ‘we could die’ doesn’t come into my psyche,” he admitted. “But the solace I would get would be the fact that everybody around me was okay. It’s good to latch onto okay. But [during the pandemic] the whole world was not okay. And it was absolute hell.”
Family Triumphs All
Mandel shares three children with his wife Terry. The pair married in 1980, and the comedian says spending time apart seems to be the secret ingredient to his long-lasting marriage. Mandel said in a 2019 interview of his wife, “She says what makes it work is sometimes I’ll go to Alaska and she doesn’t. I’ll go to Miami and she’s not there, or I’ll go to New York and she’s not there. She says that whenever I’m away, she seems to love me more.”
Mandel continues to power through his struggles and leads a successful career. The star recently landed a judge spot on the second season of Canada’s Got Talent, which will air in 2022.