Michelle Williams Says She Was Suicidal At The Height Of Her Fame
Now, she’s ready to talk about her struggles.
Michelle Williams is opening up about her struggles with depression, further proving that the illness can affect anyone at any time—even at the height of their career.
Michelle has been guest hosting on “The Talk” this week and opened up about her struggles with depression that began when she was a teenager and continued while she was in Destiny’s Child.
“I’m in one of the top-selling female groups of all time, suffering with depression. When I disclosed it to our manager [Mathew Knowles, Beyoncé’s father] 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.
But the depression could no longer be dismissed as exhaustion, and eventually she says she became “suicidal.” I “wanted out [of Destiny’s Child],” she remembered.
One of the issues the now 37-year-old also struggled with was not having a name to describe what was going on. “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 explained.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, around 16.1 million adults aged 18 years or older in the U.S. had experienced at least one major depressive episode in the last year.
“You being open about your struggles knocks the stigmas down a flight of stairs! Your courage makes the next generation confident to take care of their health and spirit in all ways,” the fan wrote. “Michelle, you’ve made a difference in this world that few people could dream of! You’re incredible!”
Michelle replied, explaining that she didn’t know what to expect as she divulged this information. “Letters like this comfort me letting me know it’s ok to CONTINUE sharing my story that I actually share with millions of others! Lord I thank you for this opportunity to use my platform to save lives and let people know they’re not odd, crazy, WEAK, or alone…..they just need help and guidance!!”