Destiny’s Child alumnae Michelle Williams has checked herself into a mental health facility just outside of Los Angeles to seek help for her struggle with depression.
“For years I have dedicated myself to increasing awareness of mental health and empowering people to recognize when it’s time to seek help, support and guidance from those that love and care for your wellbeing,” she wrote. “I recently listened to the same advice I have given to thousands around the world and sought help from a great team of healthcare professionals.”
Williams added: “Today I proudly, happily and healthily stand here as someone who will continue to always lead by example as I tirelessly advocate for the betterment of those in need.”
Michelle has always been open about her struggles with depression.
Williams first spoke about her battle with depression in a 2013 AP interview, telling the outlet she’d struggled on and off since she was 13; then, last year, she revealed she’s had suicidal thoughts.
“I’m in one of the top-selling female groups of all time, suffering with depression,” she said on The Talk. “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?’”
“So I was like, ‘Oh, maybe I’m just tired,’” Williams added, noting her depression worsened “to the point where I was suicidal … and wanted out.”
So far dozens of celebrity friends have expressed their support for the legendary singer.
Writes Tina Knowles Lawson: “Michelle My Belle , I ‘m soo proud of you ! You have given unselfishly of your time and support to so many and i know that you will be the best example of self care which we all need . Keep being a warrior and an advocate for you . I love and support you with all my being. Sending you much love and encouragement … yes to your strength and bravery.”
Solange adds: “Love u so Michelle ! Really proud of you. Sending u all the love in the world.”
“I love you. Always have and always will. Honesty saves lives. Believe that. Keep soaring Queen,” tweeted Empire‘s Jussie Smollett.
Octavia Spencer added: “Sending prayers of strength your way.”
I want to lift our sis up in prayer because there are so many people battling this & many trying to deal with it alone😔Please No jokes this is REAL & as human beings let’s keep the ones who are openly dealing with it uplifted & be encouraging to them! Love u @RealMichelleW❤️ https://t.co/XJEIPkbovf
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) July 17, 2018
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