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Friday 24 January 2020

Destiny’s Child star Michelle Williams: I sought help over mental health

The singer previously told how she had experienced suicidal thoughts.

Michelle Williams has revealed she has sought professional help for mental health issues (Ian West/PA)
Michelle Williams has revealed she has sought professional help for mental health issues (Ian West/PA)

By Keiran Southern, Press Association Los Angeles Correspondent

Destiny’s Child star Michelle Williams has said she sought professional help for mental health issues.

The singer, who was part of the group alongside Beyonce and Kelly Rowland, revealed the news on Tuesday in a statement released on social media.

Williams said she had “recently” looked for help and that “today” she is healthy.

She wrote: “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.

“I recently listened to the same advice I have given thousands around the world and sought help from a team of healthcare professionals.

“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 has sought help for mental health issues, the star said (Yui Mok/PA)

Williams has previously discussed her struggles with her mental health.

In an interview with The Talk in October she revealed she had experienced suicidal thoughts.

She said: “I didn’t know until I was in my thirties what was going on. I just thought it was growing pains. I’ve been suffering since the age of between 13 and 15. At that age, I didn’t know what to call it.”

Williams, 37, was part of Destiny’s Child alongside Beyonce and Rowland for nearly two decades. The group sold more than 60 million records worldwide, making them one of the most successful female groups ever.

They broke up in 2006 but have performed together since, including at the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show and at Coachella in April.

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