Prince Harry, Ryan Reynolds, Chris Evans + 5 Other TOP Celebrities You Didn’t Know Struggled With Mental Illness

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Life of the stars always considered to be easy and happy but not many know that celebrities have to fight depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses.

Nexter.org has compiled a list of famous people who opened up about their mental health battles.

Heather Locklear

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Actress Heather Locklear has reportedly been taken to the hospital for a psych evaluation after a family member claimed she was threatening to shoot herself.

According to TMZ, law enforcement from both the Ventura County Fire and Sheriff’s Departments responded to a 911 call Sunday afternoon.

In late February, Locklear was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic battery and three counts of battery on a police officer. Police later searched her home for a firearm that was allegedly registered in her name.

“[Heather] is clearly not getting the proper medical and mental health help she needs. It’s not just about rehab for addiction issues, but about getting a proper evaluation and help for the underlying mental health issues,” a source close the 56-year-old actress told PEOPLE.

Prince Harry

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In April, Prince told The Telegraph that he “shut down all his emotions” for almost two decades after the death of his mother, Princess Diana. It wasn’t until he was 28 years old — during a period of time when he felt “very close to a complete breakdown” and faced anxiety during royal engagements — that he began to see a professional to address his grief.

Now 33 and “in a good place,” Harry has encouraged others to open up about their own struggles. In 2016, he started the Heads Together campaign with Prince William and Kate Middleton to help “end the stigma around mental health issues.”

“The experience that I have is that once you start talking about it, you suddenly realize that actually, you’re part of quite a big club,” he told The Telegraph.

Chris Evans

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In an interview with Rolling Stone last year, the actor revealed how his anxiety often kicks in during premieres, equating red carpet events to “30 minutes of walking on hot coals.” Evans, who has tried everything from meditating to reading Buddhist texts to calm his mind, said he’s “gotten better” but still has moments of self-doubt when he overanalyzes things.

Selena Gomez

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In February 2018, Selena Gomez completed a two-week treatment program for depression and anxiety.

“She had a difficult year, especially towards the end, and she decided she wanted to spend some time focusing on herself,” E! News reports. “It was all about wellness and her health.”

It was also said that it was Selena’s decision to get some professional help in New York City.

People magazine said: ‘She felt like she needed to get away and focus on herself with no distractions. She came back feeling very empowered. She wants to go again later this year.’

Ryan Reynolds

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Not only did Lively convince Reynolds to take his “dream role” in “Deadpool,” she also kept him grounded while he filmed the movie.

In an interview with Variety in January, the actor revealed how his anxiety over disappointing fans led him to “stay up late with the script” and lose sleep. “[Lively] helped me through that,” Reynolds said. “I’m lucky to have her around.”

Cara Delevingne 

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In an interview on This Morning, the model said that she used to feel guilty for being depressed. But after she realized she wasn’t alone — that “everyone goes through similar things” — she began to recover.

“If you learn to love yourself and not give in to what other people think about you or not care what they think, and just follow your dreams, you can achieve anything,” Delevingne said. “And that’s what I want to be for teenagers — not necessarily a role model, but someone who has gone through it and come out the other side.”

Kendrick Lamar

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That year, the Grammy Award-winning artist revealed his struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts in his album, “To Pimp a Butterfly.” On the emotional track “u,” for example, Kendrick raps about the survivor’s guilt he feels for leaving his hometown of Compton, California, where many of his friends and family still remain.

“Three of my homeboys [one] summer was murdered,” Kendrick told MTV in an interview about the album. He continued: “You living this life, you know what I’m saying, but you still have to face realities of this … I gotta get back off that tour bus and go to these funerals.”

Lady Gaga

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In 2016, Lady Gaga revealed she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during a visit to the Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBT youth in New York City.

“The kindness that’s shown to me by doctors as well as my family, and my friends, it’s really saved my life,” she later said on the “Today” show.

The Grammy Award-winning singer, who previously revealed in 2014 that she was raped at the age of 19, also penned an open letter about her PTSD for her nonprofit organization, the Born This Way Foundation. “There is a lot of shame attached to mental illness, but it’s important that you know that there is hope and a chance for recovery,” she wrote.


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