In a recent interview with The Associated Press, it is revealed that Michelle Williams, one third of Destiny's Child alongside Beyonce and Kelly Rowland, suffered from moderate depression.
Williams, a singer/actress who is on the brink of releasing a new single from her upcoming solo album as well as gearing up to star in a national tour of a Broadway musical, told Mark Kennedy of the AP that at one point she had difficulty just getting out of bed.
According to the interview, the 32-year-old talent has emerged in the past few months from years of suffering moderate depression and has therapy and positive thinking to thank for her survival.
"I've dealt with depression," Williams said during a break in rehearsals for a new touring production of "Fela!" that kicks off later this month. "I had to choose to get out of bed and do whatever I needed to do to be happy."
Having overcome depression earlier in her life as a young teenager and without the aid of medication, Williams is finally using this moment of clarity as an opportunity to speak out about her battle in an effort to encourage others to seek help.
"We're taught, 'Just go to church and pray about it. The Lord is going to heal you.' Well, in the meantime, I believe God-gifted people, physicians, doctors, therapists — that's your healing. Take advantage of it," she said. "Go see a professional so that they can assess you. It's OK if you're going through something. Depression is not OK, but it is OK to go get help."
Williams is currently rehearsing for her role as Sandra Isadore in "Fela!," the frenetic biography of Nigerian musician and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti, who died in 1997. Isadore was Fela's African-American lover.
The show, along with the Destiny’s Child singer from Rockford, Ill., is set for a 16-city tour starting at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 29. Other stops include Miami, Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Los Angeles, Seattle and Nashville, Tenn.
In addition to her duties as an actress, Williams is prepping to make a highly anticipated return to the group which put her and her two group mates in the international spotlight.
Destiny’s Child recently announced the release of "Nuclear," the first new recording in eight years from the trio. The song will be included as the sole new track on “Destiny’s Child -- Love Songs,” a collection of mostly quiet storm jams described in the press release as “the most sensual romantic recordings from the bestselling vocal group.” The compilation will arrive on Jan. 29.
In the recent interview, Williams told the AP that the trio isn't ready to make a new full-length CD right now, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t hope for one in the near future.
"Stacking those harmonies on top (of) each other gave me goose bumps," she said of recording the new song. "We were like, 'We still sound good together.' Duh! The bond will never die. We're always going to be close. We're always going to work together."
Not to worry thought because independent woman is gearing up to drop her fourth solo album that she is currently putting the finishing touches on. According to Williams, as cited by the AP, the album is an original Christian pop compilation influenced by her own struggles, which includes being bullied.
"Sometimes you're going to wake up on the wrong side of the bed or some situation might have you down in the dumps, but you have to choose to be happy," she said. "I'm choosing life. And I'm hoping this album makes people want to choose life."
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