Janet Jackson has opened up about her struggles with depression and her journey to finding happiness.
The 52-year-old Grammy winner, who’s featured on the cover of Essence magazine’s July/August issue, reveals details about her life from childhood to the present day in an article titled Letter from My Heart, our correspondent reports.
She says she’s been battling depression since she was in her thirties and that it’s something she still experiences periodically.
“I struggled with depression. The struggle was intense . . .” Jackson writes.
During her teens she was “happiest” when she was “pleasing others” and describes feeling unhappy about her appearance, our correspondent reports.
“I wasn’t happy with the way I looked. For most of my life, that lack of happiness followed me.
“In my forties: Like millions of women in the world, I still heard voices inside my head berating me, voices questioning my value.”
The singer-songwriter thanks God and her one-year-old son, Eissa Al Mana, born in January 2017, for helping her find peace, our correspondent reports.
“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 writes.
While she’s candid about her various struggles Jackson doesn’t mention her ongoing custody battle with her estranged husband, business magnate Wissam Al Mana.
“We’re living at a time in history when women all over the world are refusing to be controlled, manipulated, exploited or abused,” she says, praising the #MeToo movement.
“We’ve found our strength and we won’t relent.”
The star will headline the Essence Festival in New Orleans in the US on July 8 before kicking off her State of the World Tour.