Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams got real personal and opened up about her struggles with depression while guest co-hosting ‘The Talk’ on Wednesday.
During the show, she revealed that she was suicidal while being part of Destiny’s Child despite the group being successful.
“I’m in one of the top-selling female groups of all time, suffering with depression,” she said on the show. “When I disclosed it to our manager [Mathew Knowles] 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?’” she recalled Beyoncé’s dad telling her at the time.
“So I was like, ‘Oh, maybe I’m just tired,’” she continued. However, Williams’ depression only continued to get worse “to the point where I was suicidal … and wanted out” from the group. The star says she has struggled with depression since she was 13 years old, and it wasn’t until she was in her 30s that she realized what she was suffering from.
“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,’” she said.
After her episode of ‘The Talk’ aired on Wednesday, Williams thanked the show for “being a safe place” to discuss her story. “Don’t be afraid to reach out for help!” she tweeted her fans.
You never truly know what people are going through. It takes a lot of strength to step up and tell your story. The lesson in this is that you can have all the success and still not truly be happy. So many times we feel that maybe if I had this or that then I will be happy but true happiness is not found in material things, it is found from within. I’m so proud of her for telling her story because our stories help others to heal and grow.
Check out the video below of what she shared and comment your thoughts if you to have had a similar experience with Depression.