Destiny’s Child is known for their empowering hits like “Independent Women” and “Survivor.” Now former member Michelle Williams is empowering others to invest in their mental health by opening up about her decision to seek medical help for depression.
According to TMZ, Williams checked herself into a mental health facility outside of Los Angeles a few days ago. The singer took to social media to discuss the news and encourage others to seek help if they need it.
“For years I have dedicated myself to increasing awareness of mental health and empowering people to recognize when it’s time to seek help, support and guidance from those that love and care for your wellbeing,” said Williams in a statement on Twitter Tuesday (July 17). “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 (@RealMichelleW) July 17, 2018
Last year on The Talk, Williams admitted at the height of Destiny’s Child’s success, she was suicidal and depressed.
Rapper Missy Elliott also took to Twitter to send words of encouragement to Williams and ask fans to save the jokes.
I want to lift our sis up in prayer because there are so many people battling this & many trying to deal with it alonePlease No jokes this is REAL & as human beings let’s keep the ones who are openly dealing with it uplifted & be encouraging to them! Love u @RealMichelleW❤️ https://t.co/XJEIPkbovf
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) July 17, 2018
In April, Williams reunited with groupmates Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland for Bey’s Coachella set—the first time the group had performed together in several years.