Kristy McNichol, Rich Little and Lee Meriweather Kristy McNichol, Rich Little and Lee Meriweather

Former television actress Kristy McNichol has opened up about why she left show business.

During a recent reunion for the hit '70s series Love Boat, McNichol, who also starred on the '80s sitcom Empty Nest but vanished from the spotlight in part because she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, told People she also left because she wanted to "see what else was out there."

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"I was on the big stage between ages 8 and 30," she added. "I left show business for a variety of reasons, but a big one was my interest in learning what else there is in life ... This phase of my life is so good. My home life is happy and serene. I love singing. I also enjoy traveling and seeing the world. One of my favorite stops is Hawaii. I like everything about it and may eventually move there part-time."

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In 2012, the 52-year-old actress publicly came out in hopes of helping others who have been bullied because of their sexual orientation. "She is very happy and healthy... and she enjoys living a very private life," her publicist said at the time.

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