It might be hard to believe, but there are plenty of celebrities who suffer from some sort of mental illness. This has opened the door for these public figures to bring the conversation out in the open. Struggling with mental health as a normal person is hard, sure, but being in the public eye and also struggling with something so personal seems like a terrible feat. Being depressed, you mostly want to retract from others, and isolate yourself- it’s hard to do that when people are constantly seeking you out because of fame. Here’s a few celebs who are very open about their struggles with mental health.
Justin Bieber has admitted to feeling depressed. In several interviews he has claimed that meeting the expectations of the public has proven too much for him sometimes. He has even cancelled shows and meet and greets because he feels so overwhelmed with depression. “I always leave feeling mentally and emotionally exhausted to the point of depression,” he wrote. “The pressure of meeting people’s expectations of what I’m supposed to be is so much for me to handle and a lot on my shoulders.” Justin has said about meeting fans. Justin has also said he feels isolated because people think they know him, but the reality is- the really don’t.
Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy has always found a way onto the airwaves talking about his struggles with depression. Being a member of what is considered one of the more popular emo bands out right now, Pete uses music and the connection with his fans to help him get through. He is an accomplished lyricist and has even penned a book. He talks pretty openly about himself feeling out of control and sad- he has even tried to commit suicide. Pete Wentz is one of the poster children for the emo movement, and I have learned a lot from his music and his message. Watch the video in the link, he talks pretty in depth with his struggles with depression.
Lady Gaga is also no stranger to the struggle with depression and anxiety. She has very openly discussed she has been depressed most of her life. She shares no shame for how she is, saying she was “born this way” (literally) and that there’s nothing to be ashamed. Gaga like Pete Wentz uses her music to express herself, and also connect with her fans. She also says that acting has been a big release for her- mostly notable her role in American Horror Story. “I’ve suffered through depression and anxiety my entire life, I still suffer with it every single day. I just want these kids to know that that depth that they feel as human beings is normal,” she expressed.
Halsey is one of my favorite people who advocates for mental health, though she doesn’t explicitly claim she is depressed. In fact, Halsey says she is bi-polar, a mental health issue that may honestly be more misunderstood than depression. Because of her illness, Halsey was often bullied in school, and felt general misunderstood. She also confesses to attempting to commit suicide at 17- which change her life. She now is a musician, and connect with her fans. She hopes to be a positive influence on fans, and a good role model.
Lastly I felt the need to include Angel Haze in this post because she in a little known rapper who has a lot to say. You may have seen her on the popular MTV show Catfish as a co-host once, this is where I learned about her and her music. Haze has talked very openly about her struggle with an eating disorder as a teenager, and believes that depression in teens and young adults has become an epidemic.She also believes we spend a lot of time trying to act happy, but we aren’t actually happy. She thinks more people need to talk openly about their problems, and seek help from loved ones. Haze is a big help to her fans, who she says reach out to her about their depression or eating disorders. She confesses many people believe fame is a cure for depression and unhappiness, but unless you’re truly happy with yourself all that is irrelevant.
There are plenty of other role models in the mental health community that I did not include- maybe I’ll save it for another day. However, it is reassuring to know that even people who look like they have it all are still just as human as anyone else. Happiness does not come from money and fame, it comes from within yourself, and this proves that depression can strike anyone, and it’s something we should all be aware of.