Paramore’s Hayley Williams Opens Up On Mental Health
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Paramore's Hayley Williams opened up about her ongoing struggles with mental health issues in the latest edition of PAPER magazine.
Paramore’s Hayley Williams opened up about her ongoing struggles with mental health issues in the latest edition of PAPER magazine.
“In the summer of 2015, I was an engaged, yellow-haired 26-year-old,” Williams opened the essay. “There was a Grammy sitting on my kitchen counter and boxes everywhere from the move I’d made back home to Nashville after a few weird years in LA. I was going to get married that September, slow down some, plant a garden, have a kid, make another Paramore record. Everything was finally going to be perfect and I was going to live happily ever afte– Oh.”
It was just then that her marriage to New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert fell apart and longtime Paramore bandmate Jeremy Davis left the band.
“I didn’t eat, I didn’t sleep, I didn’t laugh… for a long time,” she explained. “I’m still hesitant to call it depression. Mostly out of fear people will put it in a headline, as if depression is unique and interesting and deserves a click. Psychology is interesting. Depression is torment.”
“Expression is survival,” she added. “You can do it however you please. Write, draw, create something with your hands. Tell somebody you love them. Take a drive, roll down your windows and yell something like, ‘MY LIFE IS SO SHIT RIGHT NOW!’ Or, ‘WHAT DO YOU KNOW? I’M ACTUALLY FINE TODAY!’ These are just things to try if the crying and dancing doesn’t work.”
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