What could Halle Berry, Beyoncé, and Lady Gaga really have to complain about? We see them on the red carpet and at movie premieres, glamorously done up, pristine smiles on their faces, with expressions that convey nothing but pure joy. But can we really be so naive to assume that celebrities don’t have their own issues and struggles that they’re dealing with?
Having to maintain a façade of excellence can be burdensome and truthfully isn’t the right message to project. The celebrities in this list have all opened up about their own struggles with mental health and how they deal with it, which in turn provides a positive message to those who look up to them. And that message is to not be ashamed about feeling less than perfect.
There’s a real stigma about mental health, and if celebrities, the very ones that people look up to as role models, are able to have a discussion about it, then we are heading in the right direction. At the end of the day, we’re all human, even the stars who seemingly live in a world separate from ours.
Halle Berry: Exposing a Past Depression
Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry was devastatingly depressed after her 1997 divorce to ex-husband and baseball star David Justice. So much so that she tried to take her own life. After having recovered from a crippling depression, she was finally able to open up about her experience.
“I was sitting in my car, and I knew the gas was coming when I had an image of my mother finding me. She sacrificed so much for her children, and to end my life would be an incredibly selfish thing to do. My sense of worth was so low. I had to reprogram myself to see the good in me. Because someone didn’t love me didn’t mean I was unlovable. That’s what the break-up of my marriage reduced me to. It took away my self-esteem. It beat me down to the lowest of lows.”