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- American singer and actress (1979)
Destiny’s Child star Michelle Williams has revealed that she was depressed and suicidal at the height of her fame, with the singer opening up about her struggles during an appearance on US chat show ‘The Talk’.
Admitting that she hoped to “normalise” mental health issues, Michelle spoke candidly about her battle as she explained that she couldn’t understand why she was so miserable in spite of her huge success in the band.
Speaking on the show, Michelle shared: “For years, I’m in one of the top-selling female groups of all time suffering with depression.”
She continued: “When I disclosed it to our manager at the time, bless his heart, he was like, ‘You all just signed a multi-million dollar deal. You’re about to go on tour. What do you have to be depressed about?’
“So I was like, ‘Oh, maybe I’m just tired’.
“It got really really bad… to the point of I was suicidal.
“I was at that place where it got so dark and heavy because sometimes you feel like ‘I’m the provider, I take care of people, I’m not supposed to be feeling this way – what do I do?’ I wanted out.
“I think at the age of 25, had I had a name to what I was feeling at the time, I would have disclosed that I’ve been suffering from depression.”
Michelle admitted that celebrities who have become more open about their mental health issues, such as singer Demi Lovato, inspired her to speak out, with the star later taking to Twitter to thank her fans for their support.
She wrote: “Thank you @TheTalkCBS for being a safe place to talk about #depression #mentalhealthawareness!! Don’t be afraid to reach out for help!
“I’m so thankful for the support! I just ask that the headlines and quotes reflect what I said. I didn’t say I ‘wanted out of the group’.”