Cape Town – British singer Sam Smith, has spoken about his struggles with depression and anxiety while on tour in South Africa.
Sam is playing five dates: Two in Johannesburg and three in Cape Town.
In a post on Monday, Sam thanked a local fan, which he posted a video of singing along at his concert, with the caption: "My anxiety has been really intense the last few days, and my friend sent me this video, and it has cheered me up so much!! Whoever you are, I wish we could’ve met last night!! You are wonderful xx thank you for coming to the show."
The local shows are part of the award-winning artist's Thrill of it All tour which has stops all over the world including Asia and Europe.
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The posts followed several Instagram Story uploads in which Sam went into detail about how he was feeling and what he has done to try and feel better.
The first post in the series of stories read: "Hey everyone, I just wanna be more open and honest and I think we should all be more honest about our life experiences on this platform because I think it's healthy and honest and good for us all. Plus, I'm addicted to Instagram, and I want it to be a healthy space, so here goes…(sic)"
In the second post, he added: "The last week, or so I've been doing these incredible shows, and from my pics, I look super happy and calm and collected, and I am happy, and sometimes I am calm. But the last few weeks my anxiety has been SO FUCKING INTENSE!! I can't even begin to explain…(sic)"
The 26-year-old then went on to detail his coping mechanisms – which included reading and exercise – but was careful to mention that different things work for different people and the most important thing is asking for help when you need it.
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