Even fame and fortune don’t impede the onset of mental health issues. If you’re struggling, you’re not alone. Here are the celebrities that have vocalized their battles with mental health this year:
1. James Franco
Immediately after overcoming addictions as a 17 year old, Franco turned to acting, which he revealed became like an addiction.
“I really threw myself into it, and that became everything, to the point where I didn’t even socialize,” he explained to OUT magazine. “And then after, like, 10 years of that, at age 27, I realized, ‘Man, I’m so depressed. On the surface my life seems pretty good—I have a career and everything— but I feel isolated and lonely.’”
2. Chrissy Teigen
Teigen got very personal in the April 2017 issue of Glamour, penning an essay in which she opened up about struggling with postpartum depression and anxiety after Luna’s birth.
“Getting out of bed to get to set on time was painful. My lower back throbbed; my shoulders — even my wrists — hurt. I didn’t have an appetite. I would go two days without a bite of food, and you know how big of a deal food is for me.” She continued, “Most days were spent on the exact same spot on the couch and rarely would I muster up the energy to make it upstairs for bed. John would sleep on the couch with me, sometimes four nights in a row. I started keeping robes and comfy clothes in the pantry so I wouldn’t have to go upstairs when John went to work. There was a lot of spontaneous crying.”
She credited John with being her rock, and said she opened up because she wants other moms to know they’re not alone.
“Postpartum does not discriminate. I couldn’t control it. And that’s part of the reason it took me so long to speak up: I felt selfish, icky, and weird saying aloud that I’m struggling. Sometimes I still do.”
3. Ryan Tedder
In a Facebook post, Tedder opened up about his band OneRepublic’s four-month hiatus, attributing the break to anxiety. “I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown, not sleeping, on meds, not happy, anxiety on a crippling level and it was triggered from sheer exhaustion,” wrote the OneRepublic frontman, detailing the band’s nearly nonstop schedule since they formed a decade ago.
“I called my manager and said ‘pull the plug’ … cancel tv’s cancel promo, cancel the single, cancel the album,” he added. “At the time we had a tour planned for the US in February, straight into Europe and then the rest of the world. We were gonna be gone again, for ages. The thought of it literally sent me into a sweat and made me feel like I was going to have a heart attack. Crippling anxiety. It also made me stop writing songs. I didn’t have the motivation or joy necessary to. That’s over now.”
The performer concluded the post by stating that he has been working on music. The band released “No Vacancy” on April 28.
4. Kendall Jenner
“Anxiety was a huge hurdle for me to deal with this past year (and security concerns didn’t help),” the supermodel wrote on her app. “But I think I’m finally learning how to cope.” Jenner also went into detail describing a notable panic attack she experienced: “I once had a really bad attack on a plane and just had to ride it out,” she wrote. “I felt my heart beating a million miles an hour and I even went a little numb.”
5. Lady Gaga
During an emotional visit with homeless, LGBTQ teens in New York City, the pop star opened up about a struggle she’s kept secret her whole life.
“I told the kids today, ‘I suffer from PTSD.’ I’ve never told anyone that before. So here we are,” Gaga told Today of the visit. “But the kindness that’s shown to me by doctors as well as my family, and my friends, it’s really saved my life.”
She went on to explain how her own struggle allowed her to better understand the struggles facing teens who are pushed away from their families because of their sexuality. “These children are not just homeless or in need. Many of them are trauma survivors. They’ve been rejected in some type of way,” she said. “My own trauma in my life has helped me to understand the trauma of others.”