Celebrities are people just like you and I. They eat, they sleep and they go to red carpet premieres—you know, just the typical Tuesday night for this 20-something.
But in all reality, they are just people. They have things that we can’t possibly imagine, like 22-room mansions, private beaches and, oh yeah, anxiety.
That’s right, even the totally “normal” people who we watch on TV or listen to on the radio have something in common with us. Here are nine celebrities who have opened up about their struggles with anxiety:
The singer and songwriter has been a long-time advocate for mental health. She often shares about her years of suffering bipolar, bulimia and anxiety disorders. In fact, she even gave a speech at the 2016 DNC. She explained it like this: “If I get stuck in a crowd, I start to think, ‘Oh My God, I’m gonna die. Something’s going to go wrong, and somebody’s going to stab me.’”
The American actress, writer, producer and director posted a photo of her exercising on instagram with the caption: “To those struggling with anxiety, OCD, depression: I know it’s mad annoying when people tell you to exercise, and it took me about 16 medicated years to listen. I’m glad I did. It ain’t about the [butt], it’s about the brain.”
Emma Stone talks about having panic attacks as a child: “The first time I had a panic attack, I was sitting at my friends house and I thought the house was burning down. I called my mom and she brought me home and for the next three years, it just would not stop.” She added,
I would ask my mom to tell me exactly how the day was going to be, then ask again 30 seconds later. I just needed to know that no one was going to die and nothing was going to change.
The English singer/songwriter has opened up about needing therapy treatments and medication for her anxiety saying, “It was the weirdest time of my life. Sick, horrible things would go through my mind, but I didn’t want to draw attention to myself….It got to the point where I didn’t even want to get in my car…”
In an interview where he was asked what advice he’d give to those who suffer from anxiety, Captain America said: “I think in most of our lives, the root of suffering is listening to that brain noise and actually identifying with it, as if it’s who you are. That’s just the noise your brain makes. And more often than not, it probably doesn’t have much to say that’s going to help you. I’ve felt my best are the moments that I’ve been able to pull that plug and say, ‘Chris…shhh…shhh.’ And it’s not quitting, it’s not giving up, it’s not washing your hands of the thought, it’s rising above it. All the time I’ve spent suffering as a result of brain noise, hours of my life wasted. So that’s what I’d say: ‘Shhh.’” He also claims to tap dance as a way to work through his anxiety.
The 28-year-old music sensation said, “I have anxiety attacks, constant panicking on stage, my heart feels like it’s going to explode because I never feel like I’m going to deliver, ever.” Adele’s managing team has spent a long time working on getting help to overcome her anxiety.
A friend of the singer/songwriter, Joe Beleznay has talked about how he and Mayer would get through anxiety attacks together. He said, “I would get anxiety attacks too, and we would talk each other down. It was heart palpitations, shortness of breath, coldness and shivers, strange stuff…”
The vampire-and-werewolf-loving actress talks about her anxiety and learning to let go: “Between the ages of 15 and 20 it was really intense. I was constantly anxious, I was kind of a control freak.” She goes on to say, “If I didn’t know how something was going to turn out, I would make myself ill, or just be locked up or inhibited in a way that was really debilitating.”
The stand-up comedian put it best: “People use ‘panic attacks’ very casually out here in Los Angeles, but I don’t think most of them really know what it is. Every breath is labored. You are dying. You’re are going to die. It’s terrifying. And then when the attack is over, the depression is still there.” The comedic funny girl has opened up on numerous occasions about her years of anxiety and depression—despite making everybody else laugh. She goes on to reference her depression explaining, “It feels like I’m desperately homesick, but I’m home.”
There you have it. We’re all like celebrities after all. I’m still waiting on that private jet to show up in the mail though.