Michelle Williams Reveals She Suffered from Depression While in Destiny's Child

"I wanted out."

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Singer Michelle Williams has revealed that she suffered from serious depression in her adolescence—including during the time she was in iconic girl group Destiny's Child.

"I just thought it was growing pains. I just thought, 'I'm turning into a woman,'" she explained during an appearance on The Talk. "I've been suffering since the ages of between 13 and 15. At that age, I didn't know what to call it."

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"I'm in one of the top-selling female groups of all time, suffering with depression," she continued, adding that she opened up to Beyoncé's father about the problem. "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?' So I was like, 'Oh, maybe I'm just tired.'"

Williams also revealed that her depression got “to the point where I was suicidal," explaining, "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?' And I wanted out."

Thankfully, Williams is doing much better now: "It's off. It's released. I've released it."


Mehera Bonner is a news writer who focuses on celebrities and royals.