Destiny's Child singer inspires others by 'proudly' revealing mental illness

Lawrence Kim
July 19, 2018

Singer Michelle Williams, one-third of Destiny's Child, has always been vocal about her own struggle with depression and she recently opened up about taking her own advice and getting the help she needs.

TMZ reported yesterday, July 17, that the singer has been checked in at a center "just outside of Los Angeles" for days already.

In a post on Instagram, the 37-year-old wrote: "For years I have dedicated myself to increasing awareness of mental health and empowering people to recognise when it's time to seek help, support and guidance from those that love and care for your wellbeing".

In her note on Tuesday, Williams said she was happy to "lead by example".

She revealed her struggles with depression in October 2017.

Past year in October, she stopped by The Talk to reveal that despite being at the peak of her career, she was still dealing with a lot of unexplained sadness. When I disclosed it to our manager [Matthew Knowles] at the time, bless his heart, he was like 'y'all just signed a multi-million dollar deal, you're about to go on tour, what do you have to be depressed about.' So I was like, "maybe I'm just exhausted". "At that age, I didn't know what to call it". By checking herself into the facility, Williams hopes to find help in her battle with depression. You're about to go on tour.

She said, "It got really, really bad ... to the point of I was suicidal".

She received an outpouring of supportive messages on the post, including from Tina Knowles Lawson and Missy Elliott. Outside of the USA, please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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