Being famous might seem appealing to some, celebrities just seem to have it all. But underneath, they’re just like the rest of us with their own sh*t they have to deal with. And it’s OK.
“If only I was rich and famous, life would be perfect” many of us dream. We imagine ourselves indulging in endless red carpet events, private jets, limos, parties and mansions as we mix with the world’s movers and shakers.
Combine this with all our imaginary cash and we shouldn’t have a care in the world. However, the reality is that fame and fortune won’t fix our anxieties or depression and, in many cases, could make them even worse. Everyone has their sh*t and being famous makes your it more public as you try to sort it out.
In a recent interview, Jim Carrey recently said: “I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.”
Even if you are at the top of your game, have become a world champion or achieved global fame, success doesn’t give you a lifetime ticket to avoiding mental health issues.
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Here are six famous people who don’t have their sh*t together and have shared their experiences to help others better manage their own anxiety, depression or negative thoughts.
The breakdown of his marriage to Angelina Jolie made Brad Pitt face his sh*t and work on himself.
In a 2019 New York Times interview with Kyle Buchanan, he talked about what he dealt with from being famous: “It was really uncomfortable for me, the cacophony of expectations and judgements. I really became a bit of a hermit and just bonged myself into oblivion.”
Despite her amazing success as a performer and actor, Gaga suffers from depression and anxiety.
In 2015 she shared with Billboard, “I’ve suffered through depression and anxiety my entire life, I still suffer with it every single day,” she said.
“I just want these kids to know that that depth that they feel as human beings is normal. We were born that way.”
Best known for his comedies, Carrey has a much darker side that makes him a work in progress just like the rest of us. He recently commented, “Depression is your body saying f*ck you, I don’t want to be this character anymore, I don’t want to hold up this avatar that you’ve created in the world. It’s too much for me.”
As someone who has had to deal with tragedy on many levels with the suicide of her ex and the Manchester Arena bombings in 2017. Arianna highlighted her own struggles posting: “Hi my loves. Time for some honesty. My anxiety and depression have been at an all-time high lately. I have been giving you all I’ve got and trying to push through as hard as I can to mask it”.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
He may be Hollywood’s highest earner for 2020 ($120 million approximately) and is adored by hundreds of millions of fans, but that doesn’t mean he gets to avoid battling depression.
“We all go through the sludge, and depression never discriminates,” he posted in 2018.
“It took me a long time to realise it, but the key is to not be afraid to open up. Especially us dudes; we have a tendency to keep it in. You’re not alone.”
Stone noted her anxiety started as a seven-year-old saying in an interview with Elle, “That’s when I started having panic attacks, which I’ve talked about pretty extensively. I think your wiring is just kind of what you are. My mum always says that I was born with my nerves outside of my body.” She also noted that her anxiety “is something that is part of me but it’s not who I am.”
For those of us living our lives without fame and fortune, the important message we should take away from these famous people opening up is everyone has their sh*t.
It doesn’t discriminate on race, sexuality, social standing, wealth, fame or anything else and we can’t buy our way out of having to deal with it. It’s important to know where your anxiety comes from and take steps to manage it so you can take back control and live your best life.
Gary Waldon is the author of Sort Your Sh!t Out ($29.95). He is a business transformation specialist who works with people at all levels from CEOs, business leaders and professional athletes through to teachers and retirees to help them take back control of the things that matter to them.