Michelle Williams Was Suicidal During “Destiny’s Child”: ‘Mathew Knowles Was Like, What do you have to be depressed about?’

Destiny’s Child circa 2015

Michelle Williams Was Suicidal During “Destiny’s Child”

Nearly two decades later, Michelle Williams is opening up about battling depression and suicidal thoughts. The 37-year-old singer days,

I didn’t know until I was in my 30s what was going on. I just thought it was growing pains. I just thought, ‘I’m turning into a woman.’ I’ve been suffering since the ages of between 13 and 15. At that age, I didn’t know what to call it.

At the time, they were managed by Beyoncé’s father, Mathew Knowles. Initially, he didn’t understand Michelle’s feelings.

I’m in one of the top-selling female groups of all time, suffering with depression. When I disclosed it to our manager at the time, bless his heart, he was like, ‘Y’all just signed a multi-million dollar deal and you’re about to go on tour. What do you have to be depressed about?’ So I was like, ‘Oh, maybe I’m just tired.’

Michelle Williams Was Suicidal During "Destiny's Child": 'Mathew Knowles Was Like, What do you have to be depressed about?'

At one point, the Grammy nominee’s depression was so bad that she became suicidal.

I was to that place where it got so dark and heavy because sometimes you feel like, ‘I’m the provider, I take care of people. I’m not supposed to be feeling this way. What do I do?’ And I wanted out. 

Fast forward to the present day and Michelle is in a much better place.

It’s off. It’s released. I’ve released it. 

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Authored by: Kellie Williams