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Lizzo just spoke about her depression on Instagram: here’s why that’s important

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“I self-love so hard because everything feels like rejection… it feel like the whole world be ghostin me sometimes,” the singer wrote. 

There are a whole host of reasons why we’re so obsessed with Lizzo right now.

The Juice singer, who gained attention in the UK after the release of her third album, Cuz I Love You, has taught us a lot about everything from self-love to body positivity - and we can’t get enough of her loveable, unapologetic personality. 

But even the most confident among us still struggle with our own insecurities, as Lizzo recently demonstrated when she opened up about struggling with her depression on her Instagram. 

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In a video uploaded to her account on Friday, the singer covered the lens with her finger and wrote a caption on the screen which read: “I’m depressed and there’s no one I can talk to because there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Life hurts.” 

Below the video, she added: “I self-love so hard because everything feels like rejection… it feel like the whole world be ghostin me sometimes.

“Sad af today,” she continued. “But this too shall pass. S/O all the messages of love. Thank you.”

Of course, the singer was flooded with support in response, with friends offering to speak with her if she needed it. Among the messages of love were kind words from model Tess Holliday, fashion designer Marc Jacobs and fellow singer Charli XCX, who recently worked with Lizzo on new single Blame It On Your Love. 

“I hear you - depression is real. Struggled with it all my life,” Jacobs wrote in response to the video. “It does pass although while in it, it seems it never will. You are so loved. I love you Lizzo.” 

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In a follow-up post, Lizzo went on to talk about her experience with sadness over the last couple of years, and how she’s working on being emotionally honest. The singer spoke directly to the camera in a personal and honest explanation, and the result is something truly inspiring. 

“I learned in the last 24hrs that being emotionally honest can save your life,” the post began. “Reaching out may be hard but as soon as I did it, I was immediately covered in love. I used to think of sadness as a constant with fleeting moments of joy in between… but it’s a wave - joy/sadness/joy/sadness - and my sadness can be as temporary as my joy.”

In the video itself Lizzo reiterated how her sadness allows her to appreciate moments of joy, saying she was “grateful” to feel the negative emotions.

“I love that I’m more emotionally honest lately,” she wrote in the caption. “I love that I can use my sadness constructively in real time for gratitude.”

She also revealed that her depression is triggered by moments of rejection and feelings of inadequacy, and asked her followers to share their triggers and experiences with depression too.

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Although Lizzo’s experience is unfortunately not uncommon - 1 in 6 people in the UK will report experiencing a common mental health problem (like anxiety or depression) every week - her choice to speak out about her depression helps to destigmatise the condition and encourage others to talk about what they’re going through.

The comments section of Lizzo’s second post is now full of people sharing their experiences and talking about how they cope with depression - at the time of writing the post has over 7,600 comments - and that kind of conversation is invaluable to anyone who might find themselves in a particularly dark place. 

Following the conversation she created, Lizzo took to Instagram yesterday to update her followers on how she was doing, accompanied by a video of herself posing for the camera.

“Ain’t nothin sexier than a new day,” she wrote.

We didn’t know we could love Lizzo anymore than we already did - but here we are. 

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