5 Celebrities with a History of Mental Health Challenges

Raising Awareness: 5 Celebrities Share Their Mental Health Journeys

It’s easy to observe your favorite online personality or celebrity from a distance and conclude they have it all. This perception is especially common among people observing celebrities who flaunt their lavish lifestyles and aren’t shy about letting the world know. However, the reality is often quite different. Regardless of appearances, everyone faces their own struggles, even if they don’t show it.

For example, Pop star and multiple-time Grammy Award winner Adele recently opened up about her struggles with depression. In one interview with Vanity Fair, she revealed that she had a really tough struggle with postpartum depression after she had her son.

She said, “It frightened me, and I didn’t talk to anyone about it because it was embarrassing for me.” She also mentioned that she has to constantly be deliberate about her mental health because it’s far too easy for her to slip into depression.

Now, flipping to the other side of the spectrum, Mia Khalifa, a former adult film star, has also talked about her struggles with anxiety and depression. In one interview, she spoke about how emotionally tasking her brief stint in the adult movie industry was for her.

According to her, she still struggles with the fear of the unknown, but re-watching familiar shows helps her manage her anxiety. Fun and relaxing activities like chat roulette are too stressful to enjoy. At some other time, she also shared a post for fans and friends who might be struggling with similar issues. She said, “Re-watching is the only time I can actually relax, unclench my shoulders, and enjoy the art.”

Mia’s struggles with mental health perfectly encapsulate the point that not everyone who looks fine in front of a camera actually is. It also sheds more light on the demanding nature of the adult movie industry and hints at what actors there actually face.

One important thing about mental health challenges is that sometimes you see it coming, but other times, you don’t. Chrissy Teigen’s experience with postpartum depression struggles perfectly explains this point. In an essay for Glamour, she wrote that she felt powerless about her inability to control her feelings.

She said, “I also just didn’t think it could happen to me. I have a great life. I have all the help I could need: John, my mother (who lives with us), a nanny.” She also mentioned that it took her a long time to finally speak up because she felt uncomfortable talking about it. She said, “I felt selfish, icky, and weird saying aloud that I’m struggling. Sometimes I still do.”

It is often said that the fame, luxury, and glamor of being a celebrity come at a considerable cost, and according to Beyoncé, it’s true. In an interview with The Sun in 2011, Beyoncé mentioned that at some point, everything became very fuzzy and confusing.

She said, “I couldn’t even tell which day or which city I was at. I would sit there at ceremonies, and they would give me an award, and I was just thinking about the next performance.” According to her, an advantage she enjoyed was her mother, who was persistent in ensuring she took care of her mental health.

Miley Cyrus mentioned in an interview with ELLE that she feels depression is something that’s hard to talk about. Speaking from her experience with mental health struggles, she pointed out that it’s not every time someone feels depressed because of external stimuli. However, according to her, talking helps a lot. She said, “Every person can benefit from talking to somebody.”

She also mentioned that from her personal experience, people with mental health challenges often feel helpless. She said, “So many people look at my condition as me being ungrateful, but that is not it—I can’t help it.”