After Grammy Awards, national tours and magazine spreads, it’s hard to believe that an international superstar would have trouble getting out of bed in the morning. However, Michelle Williams, one-third of Destiny’s Child, has revealed that depression is more common than many people think.
“I’ve dealt with depression,” the singer-actress revealed to the Associated Press. “I had to choose to get out of bed and do whatever I needed to do to be happy.”
The 32-year-old said her battle with depression dated back to when she was 15 or 16 years old. She managed to avoid mediation but decided to share her story now to encourage other young people to seek professional help.
“We’re taught, ‘Just go to church and pray about it. The Lord is going to heal you.’ Well, in the meantime, I believe God-gifted people, physicians, doctors, therapists — that’s your healing. Take advantage of it,” she said. “Go see a professional so that they can asess you. It’s okay if you’re going through something. Depression is not okay, but it is okay to go get help.”
Williams said she was able to recover by a combination of exercise, therapy and positive thinking. Today, she says, “I’m choosing life.”
“Sometimes you’re going to wake up on the wrong side of the bed or some situation might have you down in the dumps, but you have to choose to be happy,” she said.
And she definitely has a lot to be happy about these days. Williams is currently working on her fourth studio album, preparing for the release of Destiny’s Child new compilation album and she’s touring the country with the Broadway musical Fela!, where she stars as Sandra Isadore.