Burnout looms large for most of us humans—whether you're staring down the barrel of yet another painfully late night at the office or you're on a three-week global press tour for your fifth new movie of the year. Here, 16 stars get real about their limits—and how they recovered after pushing them too far.More
In 2011, Rihanna was hospitalized right after completing album Talk That Talk. "One morning I woke up and started crying so hard," Rihanna recalls in a documentary interview about coming down with the flu the day after she finished recording. "I finally just got to my bed from the IV [drip] and I was just like, 'Good I can actually get to sleep tonight,' because we stayed up [all night] and I finished [the album] at 5 p.m. the day before. So now, I'm like, 'One good night of rest.' I get in bed, and it must have been two hours in before my phone started going off."
"I was so frustrated I kept ignoring the phone," she says. "Every time it would go off, but every time I would ignore it. But it would be another burden on my shoulders, 'cause I know it has to get done. I was so angry, I was so overwhelmed that I was sick. It felt crazy."
Finally, she let it all go: "I started crying. I cried for 10 minutes really, really hard in my pillow. It was aggressive. I don't cry loads. If I cry it's because I'm very angry and I can't do anything about it, because I've run into a dead end. That's when the tears would come down. But this time I needed to hear it. I almost wanted to punch somebody."
Even Queen Bey has experienced the reality of burnout, canceling a 2013 concert in Antwerp, Belgium due to "dehydration and exhaustion," which provoked pregnancy rumors at the time. "To my dearest fans in Antwerp, I've never postponed a show in my life," she wrote in a letter. "It was very hard for me. I promise I will make it up very soon. I'm sorry if I disappointed you."