Celebrities are human; they have emotions, just like us.
Celebrities, just like us, are humans with emotions. They are not immune from depression, anxiety, or all other forms of mental health illnesses. Although it’s easy to think that since they found great success in life that celebrities should be happy, but many underestimate how fame and money can ruin someone’s mental health in ways that can exacerbate the feelings of sadness and loneliness.
Eminem’s suicidal tendencies got worse after he lost his best friend Proof, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson witnessed his mother trying to take her own life, and Lady Gaga bravely went candid about her experience with depression on her latest record. And these aren’t the only celebrities who have struggled; here are ten celebrities who have battled depression.
10 Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is an iconic star of pop culture, which sometimes, can take a toll on her mental health. Her latest album, Chromatica, is an ode to the hope and optimism of finding the light in the darkness.
“I felt threatened by the things my career brought into my life and the pace of my life,” the powerhouse singer told Billboard, before revealing the creative process behind the album.
9 Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne Johnson’s struggle went all the way back to his childhood when, according to the actor, he once watched his mother attempt suicide. The tragedy was so daunting for him that it followed him to his days as an adult studying at the University of Miami. He later dropped out with a 0.7 GPA.
“What’s crazy about that suicide attempt is that to this day, she has no recollection of it whatsoever. Probably best she doesn’t,” he said.
Since the start of his rapping career, Eminem‘s personal life has been the backbone of what he raps about on his records. The height of stardom almost got the best of him when he succumbed to substance abuse and alcoholism after losing his longtime best friend, Proof, in 2006. He managed to pick himself up, declared sobriety in 2008 and continued to craft music that he cares about.
7 Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp may be the main man in many iconic Hollywood roles, such as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Unfortunately, his personal life isn’t as successful as his acting career, as the actor spent years battling his demon of ADHD, depression, and chronic substance abuse. The actor’s medical history was laid out during his libel trial against News Group Newspapers where the rapper sued The Sun for portraying him as a “wife beater.”
6 Demi Lovato
Rising to international stardom is not for everyone. For Demi Lovato, it was an uphill battle, especially after she was diagnosed with anorexia, bulimia, and bipolar disorder. She even checked herself into a treatment facility in 2010.
“Looking back it all makes sense,” she told People. “There were times when I was so manic, I was writing seven songs in one night and I’d be up until 5:30 in the morning.”
5 Britney Spears
In 2007, Britney Spears suffered a series of public breakdowns, from attacking a paparazzi car with an umbrella to fully shaving her head. Dealing with both a publicly documented divorce and postpartum depression, the “Toxic” singer fell into severe depression and debilitating social anxiety. She had to check herself into rehab at the same time. She’s now stronger than ever, and her fans are always supportive.
4 Katy Perry
During the Witness era circa 2017, Katy Perry succumbed to depression in a way that she had never experienced before. Her hectic schedule and highly publicized private life had contributed to it. Thankfully, she now has her partner, Orlando Bloom, who has supported her through thick and thin.
“I’ve gone to therapy, been through the Hoffman Process, done plant medicine,” the “Unconditionally” singer said. “I’ve been in the public eye for 12 years and I’ve made many mistakes. I’m human, and I still want to try.”
Another star to have their fair share of postpartum depression, Adele experienced the illness after the birth of her son in 2012. According to the singer herself, it can be tracked all the way back to when her grandmother died when Adele was 10.
“I have a very dark side. I’m very available to depression. I can slip in and out of it quite easily,” she told Vanity Fair.
2 Ellen DeGeneres
Being the face of one of the most successful talk shows of all time does not always guarantee happiness. In fact, when Ellen DeGeneres first came out as a lesbian in 1998, her popular sitcom was axed. She recalled losing her show and being attacked verbally, and how she felt like her five years of hard work at the studio meant nothing.
1 Jon Hamm
Shortly after his father’s death, Mad Men star Jon Hamm fell into depression. He was only 20 at that time, and he was still far from making his Hollywood breakthrough. He revealed that at some point, he spent the whole day sleeping until four in the afternoon before deciding to go into treatment.
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