Janet Jackson reveals depression struggle

21 Juin, 2018, 10:10 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Janet Jackson got candid about her private struggle

The struggle, she wrote, "was intense".

The younger sister of King of Pop Michael Jackson, along with battling depression and anxiety, Janet Jackson returned with an album in 2015 and then abruptly suspended her tour.

In an exclusive letter for the newest edition of Essence magazine, the music icon reveals it has taken decades for her to find happiness and inner peace, breaking down her experiences and struggles throughout her childhood, teens, 20s, 30s, and 40s.

In a very personal letter to her fans, Janet said of her thirties, "These were hard years, when I struggled with depression. And of course there are always the societal issues of racism and sexism", Jackson writes. I've known great happiness and great sadness. Put it all together, and depression's a tenacious and scary condition. "Thankfully, I found my way way through it..."

"In my forties: Like millions of women in the world, I still heard voices inside my head berating me, voices questioning my value", Jackson writes.

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In Her Childhood: "I was happy when my brothers came home from performing on the road. But because sometimes I saw my failed relationships as my fault, I easily fell into despair".

"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 gushes. When I kiss him.

In a piece entitled, Letter From My Heart, the Jackson opens up about some of the lessons she learned from her early struggles with depression and low self-esteem and how she managed her personal journey to finding joy and happiness. 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". We've found our strength, and we will not relent'.

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