Michelle Williams has revealed she suffered from depression when she was in Destiny’s Child and felt suicidal at the height of her fame.
The singer, 37, appeared on CBS chat show The Talk on Wednesday where she opened up about her struggles, telling the panel she was inspired to speak out to “normalise this mental health discussion”.
“For years, I’m in one of the top-selling female groups of all time suffering with depression,” she said, explaining she didn’t understand why she felt that way when she was so successful.
Michelle said she tried to talk to the band’s manager, Beyonce’s dad Mathew Knowles, but she says he didn’t understand her.
“When I disclosed it to our manager 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,'” she said.
But from there it got worse. “It got really really bad… to the point of I was suicidal,” she went on.
“I was at that place where it got 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 – what do I do?’ I wanted out.”
She added: “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.”
Michelle said her experience – and others like Demi Lovato who recently released a candid documentary – inspired her to speak out about it to “normalise this mental health discussion”.
She later tweeted her fans thanking them for their support and encouraged others to speak out.
“Thank you @TheTalkCBS for being a safe place to talk about #depression #mentalhealthawareness!! Don’t be afraid to reach out for help!”
“I’m so thankful for the support! I just ask that the headlines and quotes reflect what I said. I didn’t say I ‘wanted out of the group’.”