Michelle Williams From Destiny’s Child Checks Into Mental Health Facility Over Struggles With Depression

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Earlier this year, Michelle Williams joined Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland onstage at Coachella for an incredible Destiny’s Child reunion, and Williams is supposedly releasing new music sometime later this year. By all accounts, the singer-songwriter could easily feel as though she were on top of the world — but, depression is indiscriminate, and despite this winning streak, Williams is now reckoning with mental health issues which have reportedly plagued her since her teens.

This week, Williams checked into a mental health facility outside of Los Angeles to deal with depression. The singer-songwriter posted a message for her followers on social media, explaining that she decided to finally listen to “the same advice I have given to thousands around the world” and seek out professional help.

Williams’ note reads:

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 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. 

Williams received heartening words of support from both her followers and her celebrity friends, who applauded her candor on the matter:

This is certainly not the first time the former Destiny’s Child member has opened up about her struggles with mental health. During an appearance on The Talk last year, Williams discussed how she grappled with depression in her teens without really understanding it.

“I didn’t know until I was in my thirties what was going on. I just thought it was growing pains,” she said. “I’ve been suffering since the age of between 13 and 15. At that age, I didn’t know what to call it.”

“So many people are walking around acting like they’ve got it all together and they’re suffering.”