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'I was suicidal.' Destiny's Child band member reveals her struggle with depression.

The singer battled with depression during the peak of the band's success.

By Bettina Tyrrell

Destiny’s Child were one of the biggest musical acts on the planet. But even the mega-watt stardom and success that band members Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams experienced, could not guarantee perfect happiness.

Recently, Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams, opened up about her battle with severe depression, revealing she once struggled with suicidal thoughts.

She's a survivor! Singer Michelle Williams reveals her history with mental health issues.
She's a survivor! Singer Michelle Williams reveals her history with mental health issues.

"I didn’t know until I was in my thirties what was going on. I just thought it was growing pains," the 37-year-old, said on US talk show The Talk.

Despite not having the insight to name what she was feeling, Michelle said she did open up to the group’s manager Mathew Knowles, bandmate Beyoncé’s dad.

She recalled chatting 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.'"

Michelle says that she tried to talk to the band's manager, Beyoncé’s dad, about feeling down.
Michelle says that she tried to talk to the band's manager, Beyoncé’s dad, about feeling down.

"I think he wanted me to be grateful, which I was, but I was still sad, to the point where I was suicidal," Michelle added.

Speaking about her life now and the depression she battled, the gospel singer said: "It’s off. It’s released. I’ve released it."

The Destiny's Child star with the members of US TV show *The Talk*.
The Destiny's Child star with the members of US TV show The Talk.

After Michelle’s poignant statements aired on television, the singer noticed some media outlets sensationalising her story, and misconstruing her words to say that she wanted "out" of Destiny’s Child. She took to Twitter to set the record straight:

"I’m so thankful for the support! I just ask that the headlines and quotes reflect what I said," she wrote. "I didn’t say I 'wanted out of the group.'"

We applaud Michelle for bravely opening up abut her battles with depression. Considering 3 million Australians are living with anxiety and depression, we need more conversations about mental health so that people struggling can feel supported and reminded that they're not alone.

According to Beyond Blue, in any one year, around one million Australian adults have depression, and more than two million have anxiety. And, heartbreakingly, on average, eight Australians a day take their own lives.

If you, or someone you know, would like to have a free, confidential chat with someone they can trust, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit their website www.lifeline.org.au.