Kanye West’s emotional breakdown and subsequent hospitalisation has been a hot topic of late. The mugging of wife Kim Kardashian and a hectic schedule have been speculated to be the causes for his exhaustion and paranoia, which led to the cancellation of the much-awaited Saint Pablo World Tour. We take a look at other celebs who have called off appearances and battled mental health issues.
Hotshots who spoke out about their mental health issues
Jay Jay Harvey
Author and radio show host Jay Jay Harvey called off her book tour and walked out from her live show in October. Harvey, who was also a competitor on Dancing With The Stars, later shared that she was going through a severe bout of depression. An excerpt from her book Life on the Edge reads, “My depression rears its ugly head every now and again, and brings the whole party down… I hate myself for not being able to do everything that’s expected of me.”
Heartthrob and singer Zayn Malik chose to sit out of the Capital Summertime Ball in the UK this June. Malik, who is dating Victoria’s Secret angel Gigi Hadid, revealed that he was battling mental illness and depression. “Unfortunately, my anxiety that has haunted me throughout the last few months has gotten the better of me,” he posted on Instagram, adding, “With the magnitude of the live event, I have suffered the worst anxiety of my career.”
This rising star who is a part of the all-girl outfit, Fifth Harmony, walked out of a concert in St Louis, Missourie mid-way, in September this year. Citing anxiety and depression as the main reasons for walking off, she later apologised to her fans. “Sorry I couldn’t finish the set last night, Was having too much anxiety and couldn’t finish it. I love u. I’m truly sorry,” (sic) read her statement.
Fashion model and actress Cara Delevingne created a sensation when she spoke about her life experiences at the Women in the World Summit, this August. Depression hit her so hard when she was 15, that she had suicidal thoughts. Talking about her school days, the 24-year-old said, “I think I pushed myself so far that I got to the point where I had a bit of a mental breakdown. I have very bad learning disabilities. If you look at my writing, it’s not good at all.”
This 20-year-old super model has been struggling with Lyme disease. She was honoured at the Global Lyme Alliance’s second annual event this October. Talking about the side effects of the disease, Hadid also mentioned that she had to give up her favourite hobby, horse riding (she was to represent the USA at the Olympics). When asked to address the gathering, she said, “I know what it feels like to not want to get out of bed from bone pains and exhaustion and days on end of not wanting to socialise or be around people, because the anxiety and brain fog just isn’t worth it.”