Kelly Clarkson is best known for her soulful vocal chops and hit singles, but behind the scenes, the pop star has fought for her life.
In a recent interview with Attitude magazine, Clarkson revealed she battled depression and suicidal thoughts during the early years of her career. She was in such a dark place that she began to lose weight. Sadly, her new look led people to believe she was doing well, even thriving.
Clarkson sought extreme measures to make herself feel better, even literally running away from the real problem.
The number on the scale has nothing to do with with someone’s value as a person, but celebrity or not, it’s easy to equate weight with happiness or success.
Though Clarkson was suffering, her weight loss was celebrated, making it difficult to get better. But when it comes to depression and suicidal thoughts, there is always hope. Clarkson found it with the help of her close family and friends.
An “aha” moment occurred when Clarkson let go of the negative people in her life and others trying to bring her down.
She realized that pleasing everyone left little room to do right by herself. Before she could ever hope to get better, Clarkson had to stop people-pleasing and start trusting her instincts about what was right for her heart and career (emphasis added):
If you or someone you love has depression or suicidal thoughts, it’s imperative to get help and support from people and professionals you trust.
Depression can feel all-encompassing and scary. It’s easy to lose yourself in the disease, no longer finding joy in the things you love, or feeling irritable, sad, or anxious. You may gain or lose weight, sleep a lot or have trouble sleeping. It’s a complicated mental illness, but there are ways to feel better and find relief.
If you or someone you love has suicidal thoughts, reach out to your local or national crisis line at 800-273-8255. It’s available any time, day or night.
Because celebrity or not: You are enough. You are worthy of love, and you are not alone.
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