Michelle Williams (right) is currently seeking treatment for mental health issues. Picture: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
Michelle Williams (right) is currently seeking treatment for mental health issues. Picture: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Destiny’s Child star in mental health facility

FORMER Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams has checked herself into a mental health facility for depression.

Williams, 37, is being treated at a facility outside Los Angeles and has been there for several days at least, according to TMZ.

"For years I have dedicated myself to increasing awareness of mental health and empowering people to recognise when it's time to seek help, support and guidance from those that love and care for your wellbeing," she tweeted to fans on Tuesday.

"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."

 

Michelle Williams (far right) alongside former bandmates Kelly Rowland and Beyonce Knowles. Picture: AP/Eric Jamison
Michelle Williams (far right) alongside former bandmates Kelly Rowland and Beyonce Knowles. Picture: AP/Eric Jamison

Williams has been open about her mental health struggles in the past.

Last October, she opened up about her battle with depression during an interview on US chat show The Talk, revealing she once experienced suicidal thoughts.

"I didn't know until I was in my thirties what was going on. I just thought it was growing pains," Williams said.

"I've been suffering since the age of between 13 and 15. At that age, I didn't know what to call it."

She claimed her situation got "really, really bad … to the point of I was suicidal."

"I was to that place where it got so dark and heavy … I wanted out," she said.

 

She has battled depression for years. Picture: AP/Matt Sayles
She has battled depression for years. Picture: AP/Matt Sayles

During her time in Destiny's Child, Williams said she told the group's manager Mathew Knowles - bandmate Beyonce's dad - about her depression.

She recalled her conversation with Knowles, saying, "When I disclosed it to our manager at the time - bless his heart - he was like, 'Y'all just signed a multimillion-dollar deal, 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.'"

 

If you or someone you love is in crisis or needs support right now, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue on 1300 224 636. If it is an emergency please call 000.

 

This story originally appeared in NY Post and is republished here with permission.



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