Brandy Opens Up About Battle With Depression: 'I Cried Out For Help'

Entertainment | Camille Travis | 06/22/2015 | 08:30 AM EDT

Singer/actress admits to losing her faith in God when things began to crumble

Life is good for singer/actress Brandy, with a successful run on Broadway and a new series coming to BET. But just one year ago, the star admits she was in a dark space.

In a recent interview with, Brandy opened up about her struggle with depression after a series of personal and professional setbacks. It's a battle she says she fought privately while in the public eye.

"People would never guess the dark space that I was in about a year ago and how long I was sad and depressed. It showed in my physical frame and in my eyes," she revealed to the site.

"Long story short: I cried out for help and the decision followed to be ‘the best version of myself'; I then did the ‘work’ spiritually, mentally and physically and saw my old life disappear. Chicago presented itself to me and I then stepped into my dream. I’m wide-awake now. Thank you, God."


Brandy admits she began to lose her faith in God while deep in her depression, but things opened when started believing again.

"There are so many career upsets and disappointments I can’t really count. At the end of the day, I stopped believing in myself and I started to lose faith in God and what he blessed me with," she said. "I stopped believing. Now, I’m dreaming again and I believe that any and everything is possible."

She added, "It took a while for me to get to this place, but I’m here now and I’m never going to stop believing ever again. I know who I am and what I am here to do and I know that God is always with me, for me, and rooting for me. That’s enough to inspire the world."

Brandy's time in Chicago has been extended to Aug. 2.

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