Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child has announced that she has voluntarily checked herself into a mental health facility to help her depression.
Michelle Williams Getting Treatment From Depression
The performer, who recently returned to the stage in a surprise reunion with Beyoncè Knowles and Kelly Rowland at the 2018 Coachella, will be treated at a facility outside of Los Angeles, California.
In a statement she posted on Instagram on Tuesday, July 17, Williams revealed the decision to seek help for her mental health issues.
"For years I have dedicated myself to increasing awareness of mental health and empowering people to recognize when it's time to seek help, support and guidance from those that love and care for your wellbeing," she explained. "Today I proudly, happily and healthily stand here as someone who will continue to always lead by example as I tirelessly advocate for the betterment of those in need."
The 37-year-old has always been open about her struggle with depression. In an interview back in 2013, she spoke about how coming out to the public with depression has also encouraged those who were struggling seek treatment.
"[N]ow that it's out so many people are reaching out to me and saying 'Thank you,'" she stated. "They've been going through the same thing and didn't know what to do."
In a more recent interview, Williams revealed that she has been struggling with depression since she was 13 years old. The problem at the time was she did not know what to call it.
The decision came a few months after Williams announced her engagement to longtime boyfriend, Chad Johnson, whom she met at a spiritual retreat back in March 2017.
Michelle Williams Receives Overwhelming Support
Close industry friends and fans of the singer have all expressed their support for Williams. While Beyoncè herself has not publicly spoken about her fellow performer and friend's decision to enter a mental health facility, her mom, Tina Knowles, has shared a comment on Instagram calling Williams a "warrior and an advocate."
Beyoncè's sister, Solange Knowles, also said that she is proud of Williams for her honesty.
On Twitter, LaTavia Roberson, also a former member of Destiny's Child, applauded the singer and said that she is not alone in this fight.
@RealMichelleW today you showed the world why your a class act! Depression is real especially in our community. This is why I believe in live out loud and in color. Keep shining Love ya sis your not in this alone!!!!! — LaTavia Roberson (@IamLaTavia) July 17, 2018