Janet Jackson Talks Conquering Depression

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Janet Jackson has recently penned an intimate letter to Black women for Essence magazine.

It’s titled “Letter From My Heart,” the iconic singer will grace the publication’s July/August cover and it will lay out her journey to finding true happiness.

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“I wasn’t happy with the way I looked,” Jackson said about her childhood and teen years. “I was happiest when I was pleasing others and not myself. An older and wiser Janet might have said, ‘True happiness is knowing you’re doing the best you can.”

Jackson mentioned that it was during her 30s that she felt the most depressed.

“The struggle was intense. I could analyze the source of my depression forever … Low self-esteem might be rooted in childhood feelings of inferiority. It could relate to failing to meet impossibly high standards.”

She adds on how she found happiness later on in life. This was achieved by holding her baby son and realizing that she found happiness by looking at him.

The full letter is available in Essence’s website and both traditional and digital newsstands as of now.

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