Janet Jackson appears in the newest issue of Essence magazine and the singer opened up about her own battle with depression. The letter penned for the publication was shared on yesterday’s Good Morning America episode and it addresses her fans.
In her thirties, ‘I struggled with depression. The struggle was really intense. Low self esteem might be rooted in childhood feelings of inferiority. It might relate to failing to meet some impossibly high standards. And of course, there’s always the societal issues of racism as well as sexism. Put it all together, and depression’s a tenacious and scary condition. Thankfully, I found my way through it.’
Nowadays, the thing that brings her the most happiness is the love she feels for her baby son, Eissa Al Mana, 1.
‘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. When I kiss him. When I sing him to sleep softly. During those sacred times, happiness is everywhere,’ Jackson shared.
Later on in the letter, she also talked about female empowerment and the #MeToo movement.
‘We are living at a time when women all over the world are refusing to be controlled, exploited or abused. We’ve found our strength, and we will not relent.’
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During her childhood years, she shared that ‘I was happy when my brothers came home from performing on the road. I was happy when my mother lavished me with love. But I was not happy with the way I looked…’
When she became a teenager, things did not get any better.
‘Happiness came when people asked me to perform…but I was happiest when I was pleasing others and not myself. An older and wiser Janet might have said, ‘True happiness is knowing you are doing the best you can…”