Michelle Williams opens up about mental struggles, road to recovery
Former Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams is speaking out for the first time on live TV about her recent hospitalization for depression.
Williams and her fiance, Chad Johnson, sat down Friday with Robin Roberts, revealing that she’s doing better since leaving treatment.
“I am just sitting here and fighting back tears,” Williams told Roberts on “GMA.” “I’m just thankful to be here to tell this story.”
This past spring, not long after her reunion with Beyonce and Kelly Rowland at Coachella, Williams fell into a deep depression which led her to check into a treatment facility. In July, Williams thanked fans and loved ones in an Instagram post, writing, “Depression sucks, but my faith in God and my commitment to doing the work to stay well is my way out!”
Johnson said he was unaware of what Williams was going through at the time.
“The relationship just seemed to be slipping out of my hands,” he said. “I could see [her] spiraling, but I had no idea that it was depression.”
Williams said it was earlier this year when she began to feel off again.
“I was like, ‘Just fight it, you’ve been here before,'” she said. “I’m identifying it…I just didn’t do enough…so for months, I was slipping and slipping and slipping [and] before you knew it I was at the bottom of the pit looking up like, ‘Am I really here again?’ And I suffered by myself. I didn’t want to tell anybody.”
“I didn’t want anyone to be like, ‘Oh my gosh, here we go again. I thought you were over it,'” Williams said, adding that this was her second bout with depression.
“Through the process even our marriage counseling, I had to confront what was making me so angry,” she said. For years I have dedicated myself to increasing awareness of mental health and empowering people to recognize when its time to seek help, support and guidance from those that love and care for your well being.
I recently listened to the same advice i have given to 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.
If you change your mind, you can change your life.