The American supermodel tells, in an interview with the ‘Wall Street Journal’, to fight against anxiety problems and to have gone through depressive episodes.
Anxiety, depressive episodes… In a long interview granted to the wall street journal, supermodel Bella Hadid talks about the mental health problems encountered in recent years, and how she learned to take a step back to get better.
The 25-year-old woman, asked about her very followed and deciphered style, explained that she had gone through “a strange phase, mentally speaking”. “It was very complicated to get out of my house and choose what to wear,” she explained, due to anxiety about the paparazzi stalking her.
“Over the past few months, it’s really become important for me to understand that even if people talk about my looks, whether they like them or not, it doesn’t matter, because it’s my style to me,” she pointed out. “When I leave the house in the morning, what I say to myself is: Does this make me happy? Does this make me feel good, and do I feel comfortable ?”.
Last November, Bella Hadid, followed by more than 48.5 million people on Instagram, shared a post consisting of nine photos of her crying.
“I was going through intense depressive episodes, and my mom, or my doctor, would ask me how I was and instead of having to text back, I’d just send them a picture,” she explained. “It was the easiest thing for me to do at the time, because I could never put my feelings into words.”
“I was in excruciating, debilitating physical and mental pain, and I didn’t know why. It was for the past three years,” she continued. “When I posted these images it was to make sure anyone feeling this knew it was okay to feel this way.”
Bella Hadid added that while “things look good on Instagram, at the end of the day, we’re all made the same. I felt like it was a good thing for me, to be able to speak my truth, especially since I don’t I was no longer able to post pretty pictures. I was sick of it”.
The model says she has learned a lot about herself through all these hardships, and is getting better, little by little. “I have good days, like today. The fog that occupied my brain has eased, I don’t feel depressed and I am less anxious than usual,” she said. “But tomorrow I might wake up and feel just the opposite.”