In today’s dose of celebrities being super badass: Michelle Williams has taken to Instagram to get candid about her mental health. In an inspiring, honest post, the Destiny’s Child singer revealed that she’s been undergoing treatment.
‘For years I have dedicated myself to increasing awareness of mental health and empowering people to recognize when it’s time to seek help, support and guidance from those that love and care for your wellbeing,’ she wrote. ‘I recently listened to the same advice I have given thousands around the world and sought help from a great team of healthcare professionals.’
‘Today I proudly, happily and healthily stand here as someone who will continue to always lead by example as I tirelessly advocate for the betterment of those in need,’ she added. ‘If you change your mind, you can change your life.’
TMZ reports that Michelle voluntarily checked herself into a mental health facility last week.
Last year, Williams opened up about her history of depression during an interview on The Talk. The 38-year-old touched on the dark side of Destiny’s Child fame in the early ’00s, and explained that she even disclosed her depression to then-manager Mathew Knowles (Beyoncé’s father) to no avail. ‘He was like, “Y’all just signed a multimillion-dollar deal, you’re about to go on tour, what do you have to be depressed about?”‘ she recalled.
Today, Michelle has received an outpouring of supportive comments from not only her massive fan base, but celebrities like Solange, Missy Elliot and Tina Knowles Lawson. ‘Love u so Michelle! Really proud of you. Sending u all the love in the world,’ Solange wrote.
According to the US National Institute of Mental Health, more than 16.2 million adults in the United States have had at least one major depressive episode, which makes these honest conversations all the more important. Big ups to Michelle for being so real – here’s hoping more celebrities follow her lead!