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 NewYork.com, 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."


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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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(Photo: John Sciulli/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)

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