Michelle Williams, one-third of the mega-group Destiny’s Child alongside Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland, has recently come out about her struggles with depression. With the aid of therapy, exercise, and positive thinking, the very talented singer-actress has arisen better, healthier, and more confident than ever.
Williams’ long stretch of depression started when she was sixteen years-old and continued until the 32-year old celeb began to change her life drastically. When she was younger she recalled, “We’re taught, `just go to church and pray about it. The Lord is going to heal you.”
But more recently she has found help with her depression in different ways, stating, “Well, in the meantime, I believe God-gifted people—physicians, doctors, therapists—, that’s your healing. Take advantage of it. Go see a professional so that they can assess you. It’s okay if you’re going through something. Depression is not okay, but it is okay to go get help.”
With a new single about to drop, a solo album in the works, and a starring role in a national tour of Fela!, a Broadway musical, Williams adds some good words of advice both personally and in her new album for others dealing with depression, telling Mark Kennedy of The Huffington Post, “Sometimes you’re going to wake up on the wrong side of the bed or some situation might have you down in the dumps, but you have to choose to be happy. I’m choosing life. And I’m hoping this album makes people want to choose life.”
Though almost half of her life has been plagued by depression, Williams has a lot to look forward to in the next couple of years, all because she is taking action to improve her mental health and pursue the dreams she put on hold for so many years.
Depression is a hard thing to deal with sometimes, but like the multi-talented star stated, “I had to choose to get out of bed and do whatever I needed to do to be happy.” In the end, everyone out there has to take that same action and get up, get out, and get happy!
- Kennedy, Mark. “Michelle Williams’ Depression: Destiny’s Child Singer Reveals ‘Years Of Suffering’.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc., 17 Jan. 2013. Web. 6 Jan. 2013.