Michelle Williams is the butt of a lot of jokes on the Internet when it comes to Destiny's Child. It sucks, and it's wrong, and it hurt her at the height of the band's success.
During her appearance on The Talk, Williams opened up about dealing with depression in her twenties despite ~having it all~. The singer was inspired by Demi Lovato's candid YouTube documentary, Simply Complicated; Demi opened up about past drug use and an ongoing battle with an eating disorder. Williams applauded Demi's bravery and willingness to "normalize" the topic of mental health before admitting her previous struggles – that life became so dark and heavy at one point she had contemplated suicide.
"I didn't know until I was in my 30s what was going on," Williams said. "I just thought it was growing pains. I just thought, 'I'm turning into a woman.' I've been suffering since the ages of between 13 and 15. At that age, I didn't know what to call it."
She added: "I'm in one of the top-selling female groups of all time, suffering with depression," she recalled. "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.'"
"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."
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