No amount of money, fame or success can shield you from the demons inside. We’ve seen it time and time again – and now Janet Jackson has added herself to the list of celebrities who have battled depression.
Jackson revealed that from a very young age when she was growing up as the youngest in the world-famous Jackson family, she has “struggled with depression.”
“The struggle was intense,” she wrote in an open letter for Essence magazine (via CNN). “Low self-esteem might be rooted in childhood feelings of inferiority. It could relate to failing to meet impossibly high standards. And of course there are always the societal issues of racism and sexism.”
Jackson admits, “When it comes to happiness, I’m no expert.” But she’s finally found it in her one-year-old son, Eissa Al Mana.
“The height of happiness is holding my baby son in my arms and hearing him coo, or when I look into his smiling eyes and watch him respond to my tenderness,” Jackson wrote. “When I kiss him. When I sing him softly to sleep. During those sacred times, happiness is everywhere. Happiness is in gratitude to God. Happiness is saying, ‘Thank you, God, for my life, my energy and my capacity to grow in love.’”
I’m not crying, you’re crying.