Camila Cabello recently wrote a personal essay for the Wall Street Journal and opened up about her lifelong struggles battling OCD and anxiety.
Per People, the singer reveals to fans that although everything appears to be fine on social media, those photos don’t share her true story. “Here’s what there aren’t pictures of from the last year: me crying in the car talking to my mom about how much anxiety and how many symptoms of OCD I was experiencing,” the singer says. “My mom and me in a hotel room reading books about OCD because I was desperate for relief. Me experiencing what felt like constant, unwavering, relentless anxiety that made day-to-day life painfully hard.”
Like many, Camila also shares how she was embarrassed and ashamed of her illness. “I didn’t want the people who thought I was strong and capable and confident — the people who most believed in me — to find out that I felt weak.” She adds, “The little voice in my head was telling me that if I was honest about my mental health struggle and my internal battles (i.e. being human), people would think there was something wrong with me, or that I wasn’t strong, or that I couldn’t handle things.”
Camila explains that opening up about her mental health was the key to battling it. She also encouraged fans to seek help if they also having struggles. “We live in a culture that pursues an unattainable perfection. Social media can make us feel like we should be as perfect as everybody else seems to be. Far from being a sign of weakness, owning our struggles and taking the steps to heal is powerful.”