Michelle Williams Opens Up About Depression

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Destiny’s Child star Michelle Williams has bravely acknowledged that she’s been battling depression on and off since she was a teenager. Speaking with the Associated Press, Michelle reveals, "I’ve dealt with depression. I had to choose to get out of bed and do whatever I needed to do to be happy."

Williams says she has managed to avoid medication, but is speaking out for the first time about her struggles to encourage others to seek help.

She explains: "We’re taught, ‘Just go to church and pray about it. The Lord is going to heal you.’ Well, in the meantime, I believe God-gifted people, physicians, doctors, therapists — that’s your healing. Take advantage of it," she said. "Go see a professional so that they can assess you. It’s OK if you’re going through something. Depression is not OK, but it is OK to go get help."

Michelle, who has secured a starring role in a national tour of the Broadway musical Fela, also talked about Destiny’s Child and their most recent collaboration, the House-inspired “Nuclear”:

The new song was recorded before Christmas in Los Angeles when all three members were recording their own solo projects. While Williams said the trio isn’t ready to make a new full-length CD right now, the old magic that created songs including "Say My Name" and "Bootylicious" is still there.

"Stacking those harmonies on top (of) each other gave me goose bumps," she said of recording the new song. "We were like, ‘We still sound good together.’ Duh! The bond will never die. We’re always going to be close. We’re always going to work together."

"It’s amazing that people are still fascinated by the connection. It’s been about eight years since we released original material and people still ask me, ‘Do you all talk?’ We could take a picture together today and then tomorrow, people would say, ‘Do you all still talk?’"

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