Cat Marnell on Why She Left XOJane

Cat Marnell on Leaving XOJane and Her Future Plans

XOJane's former beauty and health editor Cat Marnell caused a stir when she left the website last week, and she explained the events that led to her departure in a recent interview.

Things had been going well for Marnell until she "just had some personal stuff go down." That included running out of the prescription medications she uses, leaving her phone at the office, and having the Internet in her apartment disconnected. After becoming depressed and going to bed "for a week," Marnell said she knew she was going to get fired for not turning in her weekly quota of posts — so she beat her boss Jane Pratt to the punch and announced that she'd be leaving.

"I've been on a big cocktail of drugs since I was 15, and when those things ran out I couldn't call my psychiatrist because I didn't have my phone. And my body just couldn't get up and go to the office and get the phone and face them, and be like, 'Oh yeah, I haven't done posts,' and have them angry at me, especially when I'd just met with HR. So, I was just like, f*ck it. You know, f*ck this life . . . This was just my way of quitting basically."

Marnell is now working on a book, which she describes as "a memoir about all my pills, and doctor shopping. It's about my days at Condé Nast, which I loved. I worshipped everyone I worked for, and I worked very hard. And it's about being a beauty editor, and about nightlife, and graffiti writers, and getting away with everything in my crazy life. I live in extremes and I believe in doing that, but you do pay a price."

Source: Instagram User alexagreenstadt

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