Janet Jackson always seemed to have it all. Now we know that she, too, was suffering from depression.
In an open letter that’ll appear in the July issue of Essence, Miss Jackson said that she could analyze the source of her depression forever. “Low self-esteem might be rooted in childhood feelings of inferiority,” she explained. “It could relate to failing to meet impossibly high standards. And, of course, there are always the societal issues of racism and sexism. Put it all together and depression is a tenacious and scary condition. Thankfully, I found my way through it.”
Janet now finds joy in her relationship with God, the inspirational people she surrounds herself with, and when she’s with her one-year-old son, Eissa. “The height of happiness is holding my baby son in my arms and hearing him coo, or when I look into his smiling eyes and watch him respond to my tenderness,” she shares. “When I kiss him. When I sing him softly to sleep. During those sacred times, happiness is everywhere. Happiness is in gratitude to God. Happiness is saying, ‘Thank you, God, for my life, my energy and my capacity to grow in love.’”