Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, Michelle Williams, is a true survivor. During a recent television appearance as a guest co-host of the national television talk show “The Talk”, the former Destiny’s Child group member opened up for the first time publicly on her battle with depression and suicidal thoughts during her teenage years at the height of her career. But with fame and fortune also comes life’s trials and tribulations. As Williams beamed on the outside, she was silently crumbling on the inside while struggling with her own issues.
“I’m in one of the top-selling female groups of all time, suffering with depression,” she said on the show.
Michelle also stated that she found herself in a dark place and was not getting any outside support, including from her former manager, Matthew Knowles.
“When I disclosed it to our manager at the time, bless his heart, he was like, ‘Y’all just signed a multi-million dollar deal…what do you have to be depressed about?’ So I was like…’oh, maybe I’m just tired,’ Williams recounted. “This is not to say anything bad about him—that’s just something normal. He’s not the only person in my life that said ‘What do you have?’ I think he was trying to be like ‘No, you’re good, you’re OK.’”
As the years progressed, Williams thought her health issues were work-related, as she always felt tired. However, later on, she realized in her that she was depressed. Things took a turn for the worse when Michelle started to have thoughts of suicide.
“It got really, really bad…to the point of, I was suicidal,” she revealed. “I was to 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 feel this way, what do I do?’”
Singer, Demi Lovato recently opened up about her own health issues and inspired Michelle to speak out, as she wants to start “normalizing” mental health issues.
“I didn’t know until my thirties what was going on. I thought it was growing pains. I just thought I was turning into a woman. So I’ve been suffering since between the age of 13 and 15,” she said. “At that age, I didn’t know what to call it, so I applaud her for coming out and sharing her story. So many people are walking around acting like they’ve got it all together but they’re suffering.”
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Written By: Tiffany Hercules