Sometimes it’s easy to think celebs are barely even humans – they’re otherworldly aliens with perfect skin and a million Instagram followers who can perform to whole stadiums without getting nervous, while we freak out about the tiniest thing.
But just like all of us, celebs have their ups and downs; they struggle, they panic, and they come out the other side just a little bit stronger. Here are some of our favourite celebs getting real about their mental health, to remind us that we’re never the only ones.
“The first time I had a panic attack, I was sitting in my friend’s 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 wouldn’t stop.”
Emma Stone knows that panic attacks can be properly scary – and they don’t always make sense, either.
“It’s difficult to describe depression to someone who’s never been there, because it’s not sadness. I know sadness. Sadness is to cry and to feel. But it’s that cold absence of feeling – that really hollowed out feeling.”
Depression can be hard to put into words. But as usual, JK Rowling writes it beautifully.
“My brain and my heart are really important to me. I don’t know why I wouldn’t seek help to have those things be as healthy as my teeth. I go to the dentist. SO why wouldn’t I go to a shrink?”
Listen to Kerry Washington, everyone. Your brain needs to be looked after just like everything else (and she also has great teeth).
“I’m constantly having a battle with myself. But you do have control over your body. You have to think of the worst case scenario and how that’s not going to happen. You’re not going to die. You can do this.”
Zoella has spoken often about her struggles with anxiety, and that honesty is one of the many reasons we love her.
“[Exercise] has helped with my anxiety in ways I never dreamed possible. 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 ass, it’s about the brain.”
Lena Dunham knows that sometimes a workout for your ody is the best rest you can give your brain.
“I’m scared of audiences. I get sh*tty scared. One show in Amsterdam, I was so nervous I escaped out the fire exit. I’ve thrown up a couple of times. Once in Brussels, I projectile-vomited on someone. I just gotta bear it. But I don’t like touring. I have anxiety attacks a lot.”
Just another point for the long list of reasons Adele is our hero.
“People use ‘panic attack’ very casually out here in Los Angeles, but I don’t think most of them really know what it is. Every breath is laboured. You are dying. You are going to die. It’s terrifying.”
Comedian Sarah Silverman knows there’s nothing funny about a real anxiety attack.
“[My fans] know that I’ve struggled with depression, and that helped them get over theirs. That gives me a big purpose – a reason to wake up in the morning that’s bigger than to put on my f** king feathers and my little outfits.”
Don’t you dare say Miley Cyrus isn’t a good role model.
“Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.”
Author Jodi Picoult has the very best metaphor for those panic attacks.
“When I was doing Bake Off it was quite stressful and I had a little elastic band across my hand. I would ping it and forget why I was worried, I would use that in Bake Off but in week five or six it pinged off.”
Your favourite cake queen Nadiya Hussain discovered that ‘desserts’ really is ‘stressed’ spelled backwards.
“There’s no shame in having to fight every day, but fighting every day, and presumably, if you’re still alive to hear these words or read this interview, then you are winning your war. You’re here.”
Supernatural and Gilmore Girls star Jared Padalecki knows that sometimes, the key to beating mental illness is taking it one day at a time.
“It just makes me wonder how many others are days, hours, seconds away from realising their worth, their potential? And once the dark cloud is lifted will be truly happy and free.”
Ruby Rose, on coming through depression and seeing the sun shine again.