Is Bella Hadid OK? Supermodel has been struggling with severe mental health issues
Supermodel Bella Hadid has been struggling with severe mental heath issues, and she says that the fact that she has not used a personal stylist “in a long time" is to blame. Hadid, 25, has revealed that he was “in such a weird place mentally” that it was really difficult for her “to get out of the house and put an outfit together, especially with the anxiety of [photographers] being outside and all of that.”
“In the last year, it was really important for me to learn that even if people talk about my style or if they like it or if they don’t, it doesn’t matter, because it’s my style,” Hadid told WSJ Mahazine. "When I leave the house in the morning, what I think about is: Does this make me happy? Do I feel good in this and do I feel comfortable?”
Last year, the Victoria’s Secret model had taken to Instagram to talk about her mental health. "As many of you know, I have suffered from extreme depression and anxiety for most of my teenage and adult life. Since I was 14, I had tried everything to help myself feel better. After years of social drinking at work event after work event, along with suffering from different immune problems as well, my body started to tell me 'NO'. I wasn’t able to go out anymore with the work schedule I had," she had written back then.
"My social anxiety was something that slowly crept up on me as I grew into my twenties. It got harder for me to go out without having one drink to calm my nerves, which made me not want to go out at all, so I was just hibernating between jobs. With a life that is constantly pushing a social regime, along with working 13 hour days, every single day, I knew this wasn’t a sustainable life for me. So I searched and scoured for anything holistic that would help with my chronic exhaustion, depression and anxiety. Asking myself and the universe that maybe since I had been so lucky in other aspects of my life, that this low vibration was just where I would have to stay. Until the universe brought me to Jen and KIN!" she had said.
In November last year, Hadid had posted a series of selfies of herself crying. "Social media is not real. For anyone struggling , please remember that. Sometimes all you’ve gotta hear is that you’re not alone. So from me to you, you’re not alone. I love you, I see you, and I hear you. Self help and mental illness/chemical imbalance is not linear and it is almost like a flowing rollercoaster of obstacles… it has its ups and downs , and side to sides. But I want you to know, there is always light at the end of the tunnel , and the rollercoaster always comes to a complete stop at some point," she had written as part of her caption.
Talking about these selfies, Hadid told WSJ, "I would have really depressive episodes and my mom or my doctor would ask how I was and instead of having to respond in text, I would just send them a photo. “It was the easiest thing for me to do at the time because I was never able to explain how I was feeling... I would just be in excruciating and debilitating mental and physical pain, and I didn’t know why. That was over the past three years."
Hadid said she hopes her followers know that while things “look so beautiful” on Instagram, “at the end of the day, we are all cut from the same cloth.” “I felt like it was just good for me to be able to speak my truth,” she explained. “And at some point I wasn’t able to post nice pretty pictures anymore. I was over it.”
Hadid added that she has had both good and bad days, and she does not regret having shared anything on social media. “Walking outside, being able to remember there are so many people going through things and have similar patterns to me, it makes me feel better,” she said. “I don’t know if that’s not what people want on Instagram, and that’s fine. I don’t have to be on Instagram forever. I feel like real is the new real, and that’s what’s important to me.”