Billie Eilish Discusses Her History with Depression and Suicide the five-time Grammy award winner, became the youngest winner in history at 18 years old. But her journey was not easy. On the way to her big wins, Billie struggled with clinical depression and suicidal ideations and felt utterly alone in the world.
“I was so unhappy, and I was so, like, joyless. I don’t want to be too dark, but I genuinely didn’t think I’d make it to 17”, Billie told Gayle King in an interview right before she won her Grammy awards.
Billie believes that her rise to success led her to feel alone in the world as her friends could no longer relate to her lifestyle. At 16-years-old, it can be challenging to survive high school, let alone survive being one of the biggest rising stars on the pop scene. She entered into treatment for her depression and claims that today she is doing much better and now has the tools and skillset to help her work through hurdles that arise intermittently. She now uses her celebrity platform to tell her story about mental illness in hopes of helping others who are too afraid to speak up.
When celebrities speak out
Over the past few years, more and more celebrities are speaking out about their battle with mental illness, substance abuse, and eating disorders, but it did not always use to be like this. A little over ten years ago, many celebrities were too ashamed to speak out about their real-life struggles because there was such an enormous stigma surrounding these topics. Celebrities were nervous; they could be blacklisted from the industry and denied jobs if others knew about their mental health disorders.
However, times have drastically changed, and although there is still stigma surrounding mental health, more and more people are using their platform to tell their story in hopes of breaking down the barriers and helping others who are fighting similar battles.
Telling your story, seeking help and reaching others
Social media, a blog, or any creative outlet to share your story with others can not only be a cathartic way to work through your emotions, but it can also help an endless amount of people. If you or someone you know is battling a mental health disorder, it is essential to seek professional help. Living in fear and silence is never okay. Seeking support can allow you to regain control of your happiness and maybe even give you the power to share your journey with others.
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