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Michelle Williams is proudly seeking treatment for mental health issues, she recently revealed.
Williams, who rose to fame alongside Beyonce and Kelly Rowland as a member of girl group Destiny’s Child, opened up about her decision in an Instagram post on Tuesday.
“For years I have dedicated myself to increasing awareness of mental health and empowering people to recognize when it’s time to seek help, support and guidance from those that love and care for your wellbeing,” she wrote. “I recently listened to the same advice I have given thousands around the world and sought help from a great team of healthcare professionals.”
Williams then made a declaration.
“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,” she continued. “If you change your mind, you can change your life.”
Williams has previously opened up about her mental health issues in October, revealing during an interview with “The Talk” that she began struggling with depression at a young age. What she originally thought were just “growing pains” persisted into adulthood, and her depression steadily worsened, to the point where she struggled with suicidal thoughts at the height of her Destiny’s Child fame.
“I'm in one of the top-selling female groups of all time, suffering with depression. When I disclosed it to our manager at the time, bless his heart, he was like, ‘Y’all just signed a multi-million dollar deal and you’re about to go on tour. What do you have to be depressed about?’” she recalled. “So I was like, ‘Oh, maybe I’m just tired.’”
Tina Knowles, Beyonce’s mother, was one of many who left a supportive comment on Williams’ post, USA Today reports.
“Michelle My Belle, I’m so proud of you! You have given unselfishly of your time and support to so many and I know that you will be the best example of self-care, which we all need,” she wrote. “Keep being a warrior and an advocate for you. I love and support you with all my being.”
Solange Knowles also left a loving comment, USA Today reports, writing, “Love u so Michelle! really proud of you. Sending u all the love in the world.”
LaTavia Roberson, a former member of Destiny’s Child, took to Twitter to wish Williams well, writing, “@RealMichelleW today you showed the world why your a class act! Depression is real especially in our community. This is why I believe in live out loud and in color. Keep shining Love ya sis [lipstick print emoji] your not in this alone!!!!!”
Hip hop icon Missy Elliott also shared an encouraging message for Williams on Twitter, writing, “I want to lift our sis up in prayer because there are so many people battling this & many trying to deal with it alone [sad face emoji] Please No jokes this is REAL & as human beings let’s keep the ones who are openly dealing with it uplifted & be encouraging to them! Love u @RealMichelleW [heart emoji].”
Williams’ decision to get help has been met with much support online, garnering more than 34,000 likes in less than 24 hours.
[Photo: Michelle Williams arrives at the Lifetime movie premiere of “Call Me Crazy: A Five Film” at Pacific Design Center on April 16, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. By Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage, via Getty Images]