While visiting The Talk recently, singer Michelle Williams opened up about her struggle with depression over the years, including during the time that she was in Destiny’s Child. She told the hosts that things got so bad at one point that she considered suicide.
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“So it got really, really bad,” she said. “It was to the point that I was suicidal. I was to that place where it got so dark and heavy because sometimes you feel like, ‘I’m the provider. I take care of people. I’m not supposed to be feeling this way. What do I do?’ I wanted out.”
Based on the conversation, it seemed that Williams was saying that she was suicidal while in the group. However, in a statement to The Jasmine Brand, the 37-year-old clarified her comments. She says now that while she was depressed during her time in the group (2000 to 2006), she hadn’t had suicidal thoughts until she was out of the group and on her own.
“I never said that I was suicidal while in the group!! I was depressed….that’s factual,” she said. “Had been depressed BEFORE, DURING and AFTER the group. The suicidal thoughts came years after the group disbanded.”
She also wanted to make it clear that while she appreciated the support from people, she didn’t want anyone to think she was saying she “wanted out” of the group, as she felt some publications were saying.
I’m so thankful for the support! I just ask that the headlines and quotes reflect what I said. I didn’t say I “wanted out of the group.” 🙏🏽
— Michelle Williams (@RealMichelleW) October 19, 2017
For the record, while she says that the darkest of thoughts came as a fully grown woman post-DC, Williams told the hosts of The Talk that she had been battling with depression since she was a teenager.
“I didn’t know until I was in my 30s what was going on. I just thought it was growing pains. I just thought, ‘I’m turning into a woman,’ so I’ve been suffering since between the ages of 13 and 15. Like I said, at that age, I didn’t know what to call it.”
Whatever the chronological order of things, it’s still great that Williams opened up about her struggles with depression in the past and present. As she stated on the show, it’s important to “normalize this mental health discussion.”