I’m a ‘completely different person’

“Tan Mom” ​​Patricia Krentcil no longer feels the burn.

The 54-year-old, who rose to fame when she was accused of taking her then 5-year-old daughter Anna to a tanning bed in New Jersey, says she’s a “completely different person” now and no longer engages in extreme tanning.

“I changed my whole approach to life. I’ve turned my life upside down,” Krentcil told Insider. “I’m not respected anymore. I don’t party and I don’t do crazy things.”

The notorious tanner was charged with child endangerment in 2012 for allegedly exposing Anna to artificial UV rays at a Nutley salon.

A grand jury eventually declined to indict Krentcil in 2013, and she did not lose custody of their little girl.

But she said the incident has “haunted her every day for the last 10 years” and left her in dire financial straits.

“When ‘tan mom’ struck, I was a wreck,” Krentcil told Insider, adding that legal fees in the child endangerment case “cost us almost two houses.”

She said she can no longer pursue her shady hobby either.

The 54-year-old, who has been accused of taking her then 5-year-old daughter to the tanning bed, says she is a “completely different person”.
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Krentcil also described how she lost her husband Richard, who died last summer after being diagnosed with colon cancer, COVID-19 and pneumonia.
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“I couldn’t tan — I got banned,” she said, referring to local salons who considered her persona non grata after her high-profile arrest.

Krentcil also described how she lost her husband Richard, who died last summer after being diagnosed with colon cancer, COVID-19 and pneumonia.

“We had our ups and downs, but he was my best friend,” she tearfully told Insider of her second husband, with whom she shared two of their five children, including now 16-year-old Anna and 13-year-old son Addison.

Patricia Krentcil leaves Essex County Superior Court May 2, 2012 after a court hearing on child endangerment charges.
Patricia Krentcil leaves Essex County Superior Court May 2, 2012 after a court hearing on child endangerment charges.
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Patricia Krentcil
Krentcil said she has since moved to Boca Raton, Fla., where she has been dating a bit since losing her husband.
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Krentcil said she relied heavily on Richard at the time of her legal troubles in the media spotlight.

“They took my whole soul, they took my energy,” she said, referring to the paparazzi crush.

Krentcil said she has since moved to Boca Raton, Fla., where she has been dating a bit since losing her husband.

“I don’t rush relationships, that’s not the most important thing,” she told the outlet.

“I’ve always been a great mom and I will continue to be a great mom. Anyone in my position would have lost their composure at that moment and I had the energy to stay strong through my worst hours,” Krentcil said.

In 2019, Krentcil was hospitalized for pneumonia and placed in a medically induced coma. She had suffered cardiac arrest and was also diagnosed with pancreatitis and an infection that spread to her lungs.

The heavy smoker told The Post at the time that “my whole body died – I was pronounced dead. It was so sad.”

Regarding her days of extreme tanning, Krentcil told Insider, “I didn’t mean to go that dark,” adding that she’s relieved she didn’t get skin cancer.

“I’m here for a reason and I need to make sure I’m here for my kids,” Krentcil told Insider. “I’m not dark anymore. I am very happy. It’s exhausting to keep going.”

https://nypost.com/2022/05/23/tan-mom-patricia-krentcil-im-a-totally-different-person/ I’m a ‘completely different person’

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