Michelle Williams has enjoyed a successful career in the music business, but as the old saying goes, success can't buy happiness. Williams spoke to ABC News on Jan. 17 and revealed that she suffered from years of depression and could barely get out of bed in the mornings.
"I had to choose to get out of bed and do whatever I needed to do to be happy," Williams said.
Williams at one time was part of one of the most successful bands of her era in Destiny's Child, alongside Beyonce and Kelly Rowland. However, her depression predates the successful band. While she enjoyed the success, money and fan adoration that comes with being a musical artist, depression goes much deeper than that.
A chemical imbalance in some people, depression can make a person feel they are never good enough, nothing will ever make them happy, and they are never really as successful as people make them believe. Williams said her depression began when she was 15 or 16, and she spent most of her life trying to get it under control without the help of medication.
Williams said she was taught to just go to church and pray about it and God would heal her, but she has a different opinion on that now, although she still credits God for the healing.
"I believe God-gifted people, physicians, doctors, therapists — that's your healing. Take advantage of it," Williams said. "Go see a professional so that they can assess you. It's OK if you're going through something. Depression is not OK, but it is OK to go get help."
Now, Williams said that she finally sees the light and is happy thanks to exercise, therapy and positive thinking. With a new single about the hit the radio and a solo album in the works, it seems that Michelle Williams has finally gotten her life under control.
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Shawn S. Lealos is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, the professional film critics’ organization of Oklahoma. He is also working on a book about the Stephen King dollar babies called “Dollar Deal.” To read more of his writing, visit shawnlealos.net.