Zendaya isn’t exempt from money worries: here’s why the topic is one of the most common in her therapy sessions

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Zendaya is on the cover of October's British Vogue — and in a far-ranging interview, the Euphoria star opened up about her experiences in therapy, and her anxieties about her financial future. (PHOTO: Gallo Images / Getty Images)
Zendaya is on the cover of October's British Vogue — and in a far-ranging interview, the Euphoria star opened up about her experiences in therapy, and her anxieties about her financial future. (PHOTO: Gallo Images / Getty Images)

Few of us can say finances aren’t a source of constant concern.

And it turns out that even if you’re as successful as Zendaya, the fear of overspending or “under-enjoying” money is real.

The Euphoria star got candid during a recent interview with British Vogue, dishing on her “beautiful” experience with therapy sessions.

“I mean, if anybody is able to possess the financial means to go to therapy, I would recommend they do that,” she said.

“There’s nothing wrong with working on yourself and dealing with those things with someone who can help you, someone who can talk to you, who’s not your mom or whatever.”

The Emmy-winning actress, who’s worth about $15 million (R212mn) went on to say a frequent topic with her therapist is her anxiety around money.

“My parents worked very hard to provide me with everything I could have ever wanted as a child,” she says of mom Claire Stoermer and dad Kazembe Coleman, both teachers.

“My mother’s a saver and so I try to keep that in mind. Then my dad’s like, ‘You know, you can’t spend it when you’re dead,’ kind of thing. I’m somewhere in-between.”

Zendaya with her parents, Claire Stoermer and Kaze
Zendaya with her parents, Claire Stoermer and Kazembe Coleman, who split up in 2016 after eight years of marriage. (PHOTO: Gallo Images / Getty Images)

And while she certainly makes a lot of money these days, the 25-year-old says she finds herself anxious about spending it. 

She told the magazine a story about going on holiday with her best friend and handing over her credit card for the entire trip, asking him to pay for things but not tell her any of the amounts.

“The hope is to have a career where you can be in a position, financially, to just do things you want to do because you enjoy the work and not have to worry about the other things,” she said.

“But I’m always like, ‘I will always need to work.’ Because if I don’t work, then everything can be gone tomorrow.”

One of her biggest career goals is to be behind the camera some day. 

“I gotta hurry up and figure out how to f***king become a director, man,” she quipped. “I’m trying, I’m learning every day, I really am. There’s so much I want to do.”

This is not the first time Zendaya has opened up about the importance of therapy in her life. 

Earlier this year she told GQ how therapy has helped her deal with crippling social anxiety.

“With my family and friends, I can go back and forth on a topic for no reason,” she said. 

But when it comes to small talk with strangers, the actor explained how she’s struggled.

“In this industry, I had to learn how to do small talk and stuff, because I guess I would kind of come off cold to people because I didn’t really know how to start a conversation.

“I remember my stylist was like, ‘You come off kind of cold. People think you’re mean because you don’t talk,’ when really I just was too nervous.”

Zendaya has always been an open book about her struggles with adjusting to life in the spotlight. Her fierce commitment to keeping her personal life away from the public eye was present even as a teen starting out in Hollywood.

She was only 13 when she starred alongside Bella Thorne in the popular teen dance show Shake It Up, as Rocky Blue. 

“I remember being on Shake It Up and being like, ‘I’m not gonna do this. I’m going to kiss him on the cheek because I haven’t been kissed yet so I don’t want the kiss to be on camera,” she said.

Little has changed about Zendaya’s uber-private approach to her personal life.

She and her rumoured beau, Spider-Man: Homecoming co-star Tom Holland, have been keeping fans guessing when it comes to their low-key romance.

Tom recently seemingly confirmed things when he shared a heartwarming tribute to Zendaya on her birthday while calling her “My MJ”, referencing her role as Spider-Man’s love interest Michelle Jones. 


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