Ken Baker, executive news editor for E! News, told ABCNews.com that Johnson's life was not what it appeared. In August, Johnson and then girlfriend Semel approached Baker about doing a reality show on their lives as a Hollywood lesbian couple.
"How strange, I thought, she was this heiress from one of the wealthiest families and wanted to be a reality star," Baker said. "There was something incongruous about that. What she made clear to me was that she was basically on her own.
"She was ready to put her daughter and her life on TV," Baker said. "She wanted to make her own family and her own life. She just really wanted to create a family. She felt she didn't have that for whatever reason."