WATCH: Jessie J opens up about struggling with anxiety and depression

Jessie J. (Photo: Getty/Gallo Images)
Jessie J. (Photo: Getty/Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Jessie J got candid about her mental health issues in a recent social media post.

The British singer took to Instagram to post a short video of her sitting at a piano while crying and singing.

“I’m not posting this for sympathy. I’m posting this for anyone who needs to see it (I needed it),” Jessie (30) captioned her post.

“This video is from yesterday I woke up. Feeling kinda off. I sat at the piano (which I’ve been avoiding) knowing it will bring some stuff up,” the singer explained.

“I’m making it up and feeling my real feelings. I went live as I wanted to share with you guys the moment.

“I didn’t know I would cry. I was live for a minute or two before this moment. But it’s important to be open that we’re not always done up and feeling 100.

“All of us have our days. Yesterday was one of my weird emotional days.

“In a time and a world (especially the social world) where sadly vulnerability is often seen as weakness where the younger generation are almost being taught to hide their real feelings behind a perfected edited image.

“Hence why anxiety and depression in kids is through the roof and only carries to their adult life if it doesn’t change. One of the biggest killers in men under 30 is suicide.”

The Bang Bang singer went on to encourage people to speak out about their mental issues, US Weekly reports.

“We push our feelings to the bottom of our energy and hope it goes away. It won’t. Don’t define yourself on it. But stand with it, process it and learn from it.

“Find your happiness. No one can make you happy but you. People can contribute. But ultimate happiness comes from within. It’s a personal journey.

“Talk to people you love when you are down. Please do not suffer in silence. Life is way too short and always gets better.

“I’m thinking of you and sending love to your heart,” Jessie said.

Earlier this year, the Nobody’s Perfect singer took a social media break after her longtime bodyguard, identified only as Dave, died in December, Daily Mail reports.

'Starting my new year with some unexpected heavy personal stuff has only made me want to be more present in my life,” she revealed on social media.

“Spending more real time with people I love and some time with myself. When sadness hits, it's important we embrace it, so it doesn't define us.

“And it's for sure surfaced some emotions and things I needed to work on with all my attention and love.

“I have to practise on myself what I talk about on stage and in my music too. In a good way.”


Sources: Instagram, US Weekly, Daily Mail

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