The life of wealthy celebrities is seen as the end of the yellow brick road for many people. It’s a validation of success, glamor, and being loved by millions of people. This idea of fame attracts us because we associate it with happiness – when you have it all, how can you not be happy? But when celebrities speak out about their feelings and mental health, they give the world a slap of reality.
Whether it’s opening up privately, to your friends and family, or tweeting to millions of followers, talking about mental health problems is never easy. But we’re grateful for the celebrities who share their problems with us. It makes them more human, and definitely sheds truth on their envious lifestyle.
Here are 10 celebrities who spoke honestly about their mental health battles:
1. Cara Delevingne
Right when she started to gain popularity, Cara admitted to going through a very tough time. Cara spoke out about her mental health at the 2015 Women in the World Summit, saying “I think I pushed myself so far that I got to the point where I had a mental breakdown… I was completely suicidal. I didn’t want to live any more. I thought that I was completely alone. I also realised how lucky I was, and what a wonderful family and wonderful friends I had, but that didn’t matter. I wanted the world to swallow me up, and nothing seemed better to me than death.”
2. Miley Cyrus
Miley went from goody-two-shoes Hannah Montana to twerking on stage with a foam finger. People see it as publicity stunt at its best. But Miley’s fans know that it’s just Miley’s way of expressing, and releasing her pain. Miley said, “[My fans] know that I’ve struggled with depression, and that helped them get over theirs. That gives me a big purpose – a reason to wake up in the morning that’s bigger than to put on my f** king feathers and my little outfits.”
3. Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga blasted to #1 at a pheonomenal rate back in 2009. Gaga’s drastic rise, and eventual comedown from fame caused many of her closest friends to betray her. Gaga expressed, “I was angry, cynical and had this deep sadness like an anchor dragging everywhere I go. I just didn’t feel like fighting anymore. I didn’t feel like standing up for myself one more time – to one more person who lied to me. I really felt like I was dying – my light completely out. I said to myself, “Whatever is left in there, even just one light molecule, you will find it and make it multiply. You have to for you. You have to for your music. You have to for your fans and your family.”
4. Demi Lovato
The hit maker Demi Lovato is always seen smiling and spreading good spirit, but she admits not to always being like this. Demi revealed that she had an eating disorder, saying, “‘[My eating disorder and self harming] was a way of expressing my own shame, of myself, on my own body. I was matching the inside to the outside. There were some times where my emotions were just so built up, I didn’t know what to do. The only way that I could get instant gratification was through an immediate release on myself.”
5. Gwyneth Paltrow
Gweyneth is an actress we all know and admire. Her smile naturally gives her audience hope. She just radiates a lot of good energy. But at one point in her life, that energy seemed to lose its way. “When my son, Moses, came into the world in 2006, I expected to have another period of euphoria following his birth, much the way I had when my daughter was born two years earlier. Instead I was confronted with one of the darkest and most painfully debilitating chapters of my life,” she revealed.
6. Brad Pitt
Gorgeous man, very famous, beautiful wife, Brad seems to have it all, right? Sure, but that doesn’t mean he’s happy! Brad Pitt admitted to feeing very depressed, saying, “‘I was hiding out from the celebrity thing. I was smoking way too much dope. I was sitting on the couch and just turning into a doughnut, and I really got irritated with myself. I got to, “What’s the point? I know better than this.” I used to deal with depression, but I don’t now, not this decade – maybe last decade. But that’s also figuring out who you are. I see it as a great education, as one of the seasons or a semester, “This semester I was majoring in depression.” I was doing the same thing every night and numbing myself to sleep, the same routine. I couldn’t wait to get home and hide out. But that feeling of unease was growing and one night I just said, ‘This is a waste.’”
7. Ellen Degeneres
Back when Ellen started The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2003, the world wasn’t as accepting of homosexuals as the world is today (still a lot of work needed however). Ellen revealed that she had felt oppressed and disrespected due to her sexual orientation. Ellen said, “‘When I walked out of the studio after five years of working so hard, knowing I had been treated so disrespectfully for no other reason than I was gay, I just went into this deep, deep depression.”