Being at the top of the charts and seemingly on top of the world does not equate to happiness. Michelle Williams, third member of Destiny’s Child discusses her long-time struggle with depression and attempted suicide as a member of the R&B group.
Michelle Williams appeared on ‘The Talk’ and opened up on her mental health issues. The now gospel singer revealed that her struggle with depression dates back to adolescent years.
“”I didn’t know until I was in my 30s what was going on,” she said. “I just thought it was growing pains, I just thought I’m turning into a woman, so I’ve been suffering since between the ages of 13 and 15. Like I said, at that age I didn’t know what to call it.” says Michelle Williams.
Williams’ depression lead her to consider suicide while Destiny’s Child hit prime success. After signing a multi-million dollar deal, Williams reached out to then manager Matthew Knowles about her mental health.
‘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?'”
Michelle Williams continued to appear happy, bubbly and hopeful while depression consumed her thoughts. Her depression became so overbearing that the singer consider suicide as a way out.
“I was to that place where it was so dark and heavy, because sometimes you feel like, I’m the provider, I take care of people, I’m not supposed to be feeling this way,” she said, later adding, “I wanted out.”
— Michelle Williams (@RealMichelleW) October 18, 2017
Michelle Williams was able to continue despite her afflictions wants to end the stigma placed on mental health. She admits that despite not knowing where the conversation would go or the results of the heavy subject, she decided to discuss her darkest times to bring light to others. As hoped for, Michelle Williams transparency in regards to her journey with depression has inspired many and ushered in important discussions on depression, suicide and mental health.
I truly didn’t know what to expect by discussing depression and how dark it was for me! 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!! 💕
If you are having suicidal thoughts, please call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255