The Dark Side of the “Celebrity Life”

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Chelsea Nnebedum, Editor: Daphne Nwobike

Why is it that the mental health of celebrities isn’t taken as seriously as it should be? Why do we, as human beings, feel the need to bring down someone who has already given up?

People forget that celebrities are human beings; we assume that they aren’t allowed to enjoy the spotlight they’ve worked hard to obtain because they are famous. I constantly see social media pages dedicated to overanalyzing pictures of celebrities, and I always think to myself, why do you care so much?

People continuously stalk celebrities’ and influencers’ social media accounts and act surprised when celebrities shy away from the spotlight. I’ve witnessed many instances where people assume that celebrities have no right to be depressed or anxious simply because they “chose that life.” People wrongly assume that because celebrities have lots of money and fans, they aren’t allowed to be unhappy. People tend to forget that celebrities also have haters and hyper critics sending them daily threats. Those who relentlessly degrade celebrities believe that because they can easily deal with hate, celebrities should be able to do the same.

Yet, like Prince Harry wisely said, “It is okay to have depression, it is okay to have anxiety and it is okay to have an adjustment disorder. We need to improve the conversation. We all have mental health in the same way we all have physical health.”