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Celebrities who have opened up about their mental health battles

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Mental illness, also called mental health disorders, refers to a wide range of mental health conditions  disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior.

Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behavior

There’s an unfortunate stigma surrounding mental health that still keeps many people from talking about their own, especially in public.

Though it’s easy to think of the world’s biggest stars as having it all, the truth is that mental illness can affect celebrities and any person in general.

As it turns out, a lifestyle of money and fame does not automatically shield one from mental illness.

Facing enormous pressure to appear perfect, public figures once kept their struggles with mental health private, but this tendency has changed dramatically in the 21st century. 

Today, actors, musicians, political figures, and even royalty have opened up about their battles with mood disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse, and grief. 

Below are celebrities who have opened up about battling depression .

1. Demi Lovato

A longtime advocate for mental health, pop star Demi Lovato has always been open about her struggles with depression and bipolar disorder as well as with substance abuse.

Since the age of 7, singer Demi Lovato has dealt with suicidal thoughts and depression.

On September 10, 2020, World Suicide Prevention Day, the pop star took to Twitter to share her history of mental illness with her fans. She assured them that “it is possible to see the light when you start the work on yourself.”

2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Dwayne Johnson  popularly known as “The Rock” has opened up about his mental health issues.

“I found that, with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone,” he said in a YouTube video.

 “You’re not the first to go through it; you’re not going to be the last to go through it.

And oftentimes it happens you just feel like you’re alone. You feel like it’s only you. You’re in your bubble.

And I wish I had someone at that time who could just pull me aside and [say], ‘Hey, it’s gonna be OK. It’ll be OK.’ So, I wish I knew that.”

3. Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga established her Born This Way Foundation a nonprofit to help disenfranchised teens.

“When my career took off, I don’t remember anything at all. It’s like I’m traumatized. I needed time to recalibrate my soul.

“I’ve suffered through depression and anxiety my entire life, I still suffer with it every single day,” she said in a 2015 Billboard interview.

I definitely look after my well-being…I openly admit to having battled depression and anxiety and I think a lot of people do. I think it’s better when we all say: ‘Cheers!’ and ‘fess up to it.'”

4. Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber shocked many his fans when he took to Instagram to detail the struggles he faced after he shot to fame as a 13-year-old.

In a social media post, the singer described how he began to believe the non-stop praise he received from the public, which led him to develop a sense of entitlement.

He explained that he lacked a sense of personal responsibility for his behavior and “abused” his relationships.

“I became resentful, disrespectful to women, and angry,” he wrote. “It also led me to become distant to everyone who loved me… I felt like I could never turn it around.”

Bieber has described how his religious faith and the support of his loved ones helped him turn his life around. 

5. Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez has been open about her mental health struggles. In an interview she revealed that she officially diagnosed with both anxiety and depression and getting the right treatment has been life-changing.

“I found out I do suffer from mental health issues. And, honestly, that was such a relief,” she explained.

I realized that there was a way to get help and to find people that you trust. I got on the right medication, and my life has been completely changed.”

6. Kanye West

Rapper, producer, and fashion designer Kanye West’s mental health problems have been public for years.

West has been open about receiving a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, a condition characterized by periods of mania and depression.

Recently, Ye opened up about his struggles with bipolar disorder, coming to terms with his divorce from social media icon Kim Kardashian, and struggling with suicidal thoughts, in his new documentary.

Kanye explained why it’s important for him to take his meds regularly. “If you don’t take medication every day to keep you at a certain state, you have a potential to ramp up.

7. Taraji p .Henson

Having suffered from anxiety and depression, Golden Globe-winner Taraji P. Henson has not only been vocal about her psychological problems but also about destigmatizing mental illness in the Black community.

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Taraji P. Henson knows firsthand the importance of discussing mental health as a Black woman — especially when it comes to thoughts of suicide.

The host of Peace of Mind With Taraji revealed in December 2020 that she had grappled with suicidal thoughts during the pandemic.

In 2018, the “Empire” star started a foundation that focuses on mental health in the African American population. 

Prayer, meditation, and therapy help Henson manage her depression and anxiety. 

8. Nicki Minaj

Working hard for a dream can be utterly exhausting, and perhaps no one knows that better than Nicki Minaj.

She may be regarded as one of the best rappers alive today, but in 2011, she shared with Cosmopolitan that she became so depressed while trying to break into the industry that she had suicidal thoughts.

“It was just one dead end after another,” Nicki said of contemplating suicide. “At one point, I was, like, ‘What would happen if I just didn’t wake up?’ That’s how I felt. Like, ‘Maybe I should just take my life?’”

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Ruff Ryders Legacy Lives On

FOUNDING MEMBERS: JOAQUIN “WAAH” DEAN, DARRIN “DEE” DEAN, CHIVON DEAN

FOUNDED IN: 1997

GROUP ORGIN: YONKERS, NY

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Ruff Ryders Entertainment is a New York-based record label and management company, specializing in hip hop music. It was founded in 1988 by Chivon Dean and her brothers Dee and Waah, uncles of producer Swizz Beatz.

The misspelling is deliberate, and take-off of Theodore Roosevelt’s band of Rough Riders, the 1st Volunteer Cavalry Regiment during the Spanish-American War. 

Ruff Ryders’ founders were initially famous for managing rappers DMX and The Lox who became multi-platinum stars for Def Jam Recordings and Bad Boy Entertainment in the late-1990s.

After DMX’s success, the management company started its label imprint through Interscope Records, and had success with releases from female rapper Eve, former Bad Boy Records group

The L.O.X. and its main rapper Jadakiss, Drag-On, and newcomer Jin, winner of BET’s 106 & Park freestyle MC battle competition.

In 2010, founders Joaquin and Darin Dean decided to revamp the brand through a new venture known as Ruff Ryders Indy, as a Fontana/Universal affiliated distribution company.

In addition to Ruff Ryder Indy, other brands include Ruff Ryders Films, Powerhouse Recording Studios, NatPro, a promotional company, and RR Rescue.

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Marilyn Monroe, One of the best American Actresses in history. Who’s she?

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Marilyn Monroe (née Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 4, 1962) was an American actress, singer, and model.

Famous for playing comedic “blonde bombshell” characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and early 1960s.

As well as an emblem of the era’s sexual revolution. She was a top-billed actress for a decade, and her films grossed $200 million (equivalent to $2 billion in 2021) by the time of her death in 1962.

Major Icon of Pop Culture

Long after her death, Monroe remains a major icon of pop culture. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked her sixth on their list of the greatest female screen legends.

From the Golden Age of Hollywood. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Monroe spent most of her childhood in foster homes and an orphanage.

She married at age sixteen. She was working in a factory during World War II when she met a photographer from the First Motion Picture Unit.

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Successful Pin Up Modelling Career

And began a successful pin-up modeling career, which led to short-lived film contracts with 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures.

After a series of minor film roles, she signed a new contract with Fox in late 1950. Over the next two years, she became a popular actress.

With roles in several comedies, including As Young as You Feel and Monkey Business. And in the dramas Clash by Night and Don’t Bother to Knock.

Controversy

She faced a scandal when it was revealed that she had posed for nude photographs prior to becoming a star. But the story did not damage her career and instead resulted in increased interest in her films.

By 1953, Monroe was one of the most marketable Hollywood stars. She had leading roles in the film noir Niagara, which overtly relied on her sex appeal.

And the comedies Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Marry a Millionaire, which established her star image as a “dumb blonde”.

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First Issue of Playboy

The same year, her nude images were used as the centerfold and on the cover of the first issue of Playboy.

She played a significant role in the creation and management of her public image throughout her career. But she was disappointed when she was typecast and underpaid by the studio.

She was briefly suspended in early 1954 for refusing a film project. But returned to star in The Seven Year Itch (1955), one of the biggest box office successes of her career.

Monroe’s Own Film Production Co

When the studio was still reluctant to change Monroe’s contract, she founded her own film production company in 1954.

She dedicated 1955 to building the company and began studying method acting under Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio.

Later that year, Fox awarded her a new contract, which gave her more control and a larger salary.

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Subsequent Roles Post 1954

Her subsequent roles included a critically acclaimed performance in Bus Stop (1956) and her first independent production in The Prince and the Showgirl (1957).

She won a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role in Some Like It Hot (1959), a critical and commercial success. Her last completed film was the drama The Misfits (1961).

Monroe’s troubled private life received much attention. She struggled with addiction and mood disorders.

Marriage and Death

Her marriages to retired baseball star Joe DiMaggio and to playwright Arthur Miller were highly publicized, but ended in divorce.

On August 4, 1962, she died at age 36 from an overdose of barbiturates at her Los Angeles home.

Her death was ruled a probable suicide.

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Michael Jordan vs LeBron James

Michael Jordan Versus LeBron James: Who Is the GOAT?

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“GOATs on GOATs”

Ever since LeBron James was deemed as The Chosen One, there has been a conversation about whether he could surpass Michael Jordan as the greatest of all time. LeBron grew up idolizing MJ. He dressed like him, wore his shoes, and studied his play style. Once he joined the league, he even donned the number 23.

LeBron recently appeared in his eighth straight NBA Finals series in 2018. He has ten in total and now holds a record of 4–6. Jordan, as we all know, has six rings in six appearances. Oftentimes, the rings argument is what puts MJ ahead of LeBron in debates on who is the GOAT. However, rings shouldn’t carry that much weight. If they did, the greatest player ever would be Bill Russell, who won 11 championships in his 13-year career.

From time to time, LeBron even busted out a Jordan classic: that famous turnaround jumper.

Who is considered the GOAT of basketball is important because of the impact one player can have on the game because basketball teams can completely be changed by one man.

The process of actually picking a winner between the two greatest basketball players of all time is ultimately going to be based on individual preference. Some simply prefer Jordan; others, LeBron. Little can be done to sway aligned voters, and the stretches presented above create yet another stalemate between the two. Jordan and LeBron did fundamentally different things on the court. Both proved that they were at least capable of matching the other.

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