Celebrities Who Have Publicly Battled Depression

Justin Bieber and other stars speak out.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Being a celebrity isn't easy. Beneath the glitz and glamour, stars suffer the same emotional pains and psychological pressures of everyday people. This week, Justin Bieber announced that he was canceling all meet and greets on his Purpose tour due to "emotional exhaustion." We wish the Biebs a speedy recovery and applaud these celebrities for publicly speaking out about their depression--and in doing so, bringing awareness to the discussion and treatment of mental illness for everyone. 

Demi Lovato

When Demi Lovato checked into treatment for anorexia and bulemia, the then-teenager found clarity in more ways than one. "I never found out until I went into treatment that I was bipolar," she told PEOPLE. "Looking back, it makes sense. There were times when I was so manic, I was writing seven songs in one night and I'd be up until 5:30 in the morning." 

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Catherine Zeta-Jones looked like she had the perfect life from the outside. The Hollywood beauty revealed in 2011 that she has bipolar II disorder, which caused her severe depression. 

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson has been under the showbiz spotlight since she was a kid. Behind her sweet smile, she was secretly in pain. 

"I remember, even after the 'Rhythm Nation' tour in 1990, when I was in my early twenties, I was really bummed out," she told the Washington Post. "Looking back on it now, it was depression. But it hits a lot of people – and a lot of artists – and I didn't know that. Nobody ever talked about that in my family – I still haven't talked to anybody in my family about it."

Selena Gomez

Breakups are hard, especially when the entire world is watching. Selena Gomez shares with V Magazine that she was depressed after her highly-publicized breakup with Justin Bieber. 

"There were a few months where I was a little depressed, where I wouldn't leave [my home] as much," she revealed. "I think I drove myself crazy for a little bit. It was just easier to say, ‘Hey, do you mind running to the grocery store and picking some stuff up? I don't want to get photographed.'"

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow spoke about her experience following the birth of her son, Moses, in 2006. "I felt like a zombie," the actress told Good Housekeeping in 2011. "I couldn't access my emotions." It was then-husband Chris Martin who suggested she may be suffering from postpartum depression. "I just thought it meant I was a terrible mother and a terrible person." 

Alicia Keys

In the beginning of her career, Alicia Keys was very private about her personal life. Fans were surprised to learn that the talented singer was hiding depression. "I was feeling so sad all the time, and I couldn't shake it," she told Giant. "I started burying my feelings, and it got to a point where I couldn't even tell my family or my friends 'I'm twisted,' or 'I'm exhausted,' or 'I'm so angry'... I became a master of putting up the wall so that I was unreadable." 

Kendra Wilkinson

Former Playboy model and reality TV star Kendra went through postpartum depression when she had her first baby at 24. "I felt like I had to be a different person," Wilkinson told People. "I was doing whatever I could for the baby, but I lost myself and it was really frustrating."

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