Supermodel Bella Hadid has opened up about how sharing crying selfies helped her to deal with anxiety and depression.
The model, 25, said she’s suffered so many ‘depressive episodes’ that she shared a slideshow of her sad selfies with her 48.4 million Instagram followers in November.
Speaking to the Wall Street Journal Magazine, the model discussed her ‘excruciating and debilitating’ mental health struggles.
She said: ‘My mom or my doctor would ask how I was and instead of having to respond in text, I would just send them a photo… I was never able to explain how I was feeling.’
‘It was the easiest thing for me to do at the time because I was never able to explain how I was feeling.’
Bella, the sister of fellow model Gigi Hadid, added that she’d be in ‘excruciating and debilitating mental and physical pain’ over the past three years, but wasn’t sure why.
She added that the post made her feel ‘less lonely’ as many others replying saying they can relate.
‘When I posted them, it was to make sure that anybody that was feeling that way knew it was okay to feel that way… Even though on Instagram things look so beautiful, at the end of the day, we are all cut from the same cloth.’
‘I felt like it was good for me to be able to speak my truth and at some point I wasn’t able to post nice pretty pictures anymore. I was over it.’
The catwalk star has also had other health struggles. Back in 2017, she revealed in an interview with InStyle that she took ’30 pills’ and self-administered ‘two shots a day in the keester’ to function while suffering from Lyme Disease.
Hadid’s New Year’s resolution for 2022 is to ‘get in the gym more often for my mental health’, and she was spotted attending a class at Forma Pilates in West Hollywood on January 4.
Bella’s spoken out about her mental health before.
To mark Mental Health Awareness Day in 2019, she said it was ‘a struggle that I know a majority of us have dealt with in the past or are dealing with currently’.
In her post from November 2021, Bella wrote: ‘Social media is not real. For anyone struggling, please remember that. Sometimes all you’ve gotta hear is that you’re not alone.’
‘I’ve had enough breakdowns and burnouts to know this: if you work hard enough on yourself, spending time alone to understand your traumas, triggers, joys, and routine, you will always be able to understand or learn more about your own pain and how to handle it.’
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