She’s just reunited with one the best-selling female groups of all time, Destiny’s Child.
But Michelle Williams has secretly suffered from moderate depression ever since she was a teenager, eventually making the choice ‘to be happy.’
‘I’ve dealt with depression’ the 32-year-old mezzo-soprano told The Huffington Post. ‘I had to choose to get out of bed and do whatever I needed to do to be happy.’
The Survivor singer continued: ‘We’re taught, “Just go to church and pray about it. The Lord is going to heal you.” Well, in the meantime, I believe God-gifted people, physicians, doctors, therapists – that’s your healing.
‘Take advantage of it. Go see a professional so that they can assess you. It’s OK if you’re going through something. Depression is not OK, but it is OK to go get help.’
The Grammy winner – born Tenitra Michelle Williams – coped with the illness by using exercise, therapy, and positive thinking rather than prescription medications.
Michelle returned to the studio before Christmas with her bandmates Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland for the first time since 2004 to record the song Nuclear with producer Pharell Williams.
‘Stacking those harmonies on top (of) each other gave me goose bumps,’ Michelle said.
‘We were like, “We still sound good together.” Duh! The bond will never die. We’re always going to be close. We’re always going to work together.’
The new track will appear on Love Songs – due out January 29 – which is a collection of previously released tracks from the popular R&B trio.
‘Who knows?’ Michelle coyly said of the rumours. ‘We make sure not to go too long without doing something.’
The gospel starlet will also release her fourth solo album this year where she tackled other personal struggles like being bullied.
‘Sometimes you’re going to wake up on the wrong side of the bed or some situation might have you down in the dumps, but you have to choose to be happy,’ said Williams.
‘I’m choosing life. And I’m hoping this album makes people want to choose life.’
Michelle, who’s acted in stage productions of Aida, The Colour Purple, and Chicago, will hit the road on January 29 for a 16-city tour of FELA!