We’re used to seeing our favorite celebrities smiling and waving to the cameras that we often forget that like everyone else, they too have their own struggles inside. Not too long ago, some of them have opened up about their struggles with mental illness, creating a dialogue that helps in overshadowing the stigma.
1. Kendall Jenner
In a Harper’s Bazaar interview, Jenner candidly shared to Cara Delevigne how many things (including the negativity on social media) can lead her to experiencing panic attacks: “I have such debilitating anxiety because of everything going on that I literally wake up in the middle of the night with full-on panic attacks…You go online and you see everyone saying the worst things to each other, and it’s hard to stay positive. It’s hard not to get eaten alive by all the negativity.”
2. Selena Gomez
“I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges,” Gomez told People. She also shared that to deal with her mental health, she recently realized that one solution is to take some time off.
3. Zayn Malik
In an excerpt of his book that was published by Time, the singer talked about his battle with anxiety: “The thing is, I love performing. I love the buzz. I don’t want to do any other job. That’s why my anxiety is so upsetting and difficult to explain. It’s this thing that swells up and blocks out your rational thought processes…It’s a constant battle within yourself.”
4. Cara Delevigne
“I was so ashamed of how I felt because I had such a privileged upbringing,” the model and actress shared to This Morning late last year. She shares that she had moments during her depression where she didn’t want to carry on living, but the guilt of feeling that way has since then made her a stronger individual.
5. Kristen Stweart
Kristen Stewart is not one to shy from speaking up about the topic, mentioning that her experience with mental health has made her stronger. “Between the ages 15 to 20, it was really intense. I was constantly anxious. I was kind of a control freak. If I didn’t know how something was going to turn out, I would make myself ill, or just be locked up or inhibited in a way that was really debilitating,” she said.