In the fight to overcome the stigma surrounding mental illnesses, many celebrities have spoken out about their personal experiences — and now Kid Cudi has chosen to take a stand.
The Grammy Award-winning musician, whose birth name is Scott Mescudi, published an emotional Facebook letter to his fans on Tuesday.
"It's been difficult for me to find the words [for] what I'm about to share with you because I feel ashamed," he wrote on the social platform. "Ashamed to be a leader and hero to so many while admitting I've been living a lie."
According to the letter, Cudi lives with depression. Yesterday, he reportedly checked himself into rehab.
"There's a raging violent storm inside of my heart at all times," he wrote. "My anxiety and depression have ruled my life for as long as I can remember and I never leave the house because of it. I can't make new friends because of it. I don't trust anyone because of it and I'm tired of being held back in my life."
Cudi's powerfully raw statement serves as a call for us to empathize with those living with depression and to understand that mental illness doesn't discriminate — not even against award-winning artists.
"It's time I fix me. I'm nervous but ima [sic] get through this," he wrote. "I'll be back, stronger, better. Reborn."
As of Wednesday, Cudi's Facebook post has received over 490,000 likes.
Living with mental illness is common — more common than everyday human experiences like owning a goldfish or unsubscribing from cable — and acknowledging just how common and just how un-abnormal it is requires honesty. The next step? Encouraging empathy and awareness, and destigmatizing treatment.
And Kid Cudi and celebs like him are leading the way.
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