10 Celebrities Who’ve Openly Shared Their Battle With Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar Disorder is what they called a ‘’mental illness’’ and, when left untreated, patients experience severe mood swings. A variety of celebs—from Halsey and Selena Gomez to Demi Lovato and Mariah Carey—have spoken openly about the condition that involves a short period of depression and mental disability. Symptoms of bipolar can include insomnia, delusions of grandeur, increased energy, irritability and hypersexuality during manic phases.
1. Selena Gomez
In April 2020, Selena Gomez told fellow former Disney star, Miley Cyrus, that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. During an appearance on Miley’s Instagram show, the singer said, ‘’Recently, I went to one of the best mental hospitals in America, McLean Hospital, and I discussed that after years of going through a lot of different things, I realized that I was bipolar.’’
2. Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato—who has been candid about her battle with substance abuse, alcohol and bulimia—has also spoken on the record about having bipolar disorder. ‘’When I finally got diagnosed with bipolar disorder, it was a relief in so many ways,’’ she told BP Hope magazine in 2014.
Halsey has also shared her struggle with bipolar with her fans and followers. ‘’I know I’m just going to get f**king depressed and be boring again soon,’’ she told Rolling Stone in 2019 about being in a manic state. ‘’And I hate that that’s a way of thinking. Every time I wake up and realize I’m back in a depressive episode, I’m bummed.’’
4. Kanye West
Kanye West has been vocal about having bipolar disorder on social media and in interviews. In 2019 he eloquently described what it’s like to have the mental illness during a chat with David Letterman on the Netflix show. ‘’It’s like a sprained brain, like having a sprained ankle. And if someone has a sprained ankle, you’re not going to push on him more. With us, once our brain gets to a point of spraining, people do everything to make it worse.’’
5. Carrie Fisher
When it came to talking and writing about having bipolar Carrie Fisher was one of the celebrity pioneers. The ‘Star Wars’ actress—who died in 2016 at the age of 60—was a warrior who fought to destigmatize the disorder. ‘I have two moods,’ she told Diane Sawyer on ABC News in 2000. ‘One is Roy, rollicking Roy, the wild ride of a mood. And Pam, sediment Pam, who stands on the shore and sobs… Sometimes the tide is in, sometimes it’s out.’
6. Rusell Brand
British comedian and actor Russell Brand is not shy about anything—including his past substance abuse, eating disorder and bipolar. He has discussed his mental health and addictions in his standup comedy shows and many books, including ‘Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions.’
7. Jennifer Lewis
‘Black-ish’ star Jenifer Lewis spoke about coming to terms with having bipolar disorder in her 2017 memoir, ‘The Mother Of Black Hollywood.’ ‘’The only thing you can do for anyone else is to share your story of well-being,’’ she told the New York Times in a 2018 interview.
8. Amy Winehouse
The late Amy Winehouse’s alcoholism and drug addiction have been well documented. The Londoner’s battle with bulimia and bipolar disorder, however, has not received as much press attention. The Grammy Award winner who died of accidental alcohol poisoning in July 2011 once spoke about having mental illness on Britain’s ‘The Album Chart Show.’ ‘’I do drink a lot. I think it’s symptomatic of my depression,’ she said. ‘I’m manic depressive, I’m not an alcoholic, which sounds like an alcoholic in denial.’’
9. Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey spoke to People magazine about having bipolar disorder in 2018. ‘Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,’ she said. ‘’It was too heavy a burden to carry and I simply couldn’t do that anymore. I sought and received treatment, I put positive people around me and I got back to doing what I love—writing songs and making music.’’
10. Catherine Zeta-Jones
Catherine Zeta-Jones has received treatment for her Bipolar II disorder. (Bipolar II involves having longer periods of depression, as opposed to Bipolar I, which involves having full-blown manic episodes.) ‘’After dealing with the stress of the past year, Catherine made the decision to check into a mental health facility for a brief stay to treat her Bipolar II disorder,’’ her rep said in a 2011 statement after news of her treatment was leaked to the press.