Keri Hilson has previously spoken on her self-imposed, 7-year musical hiatus that she says was caused by “hitting rock bottom.” Now she’s speaking publicly again about her battle with depression.
The songstress addressed her mental health issues that she believes was triggered by “personal and professional mistakes” and the end of an 11-year relationship.
“When ‘Pretty Girl Rock’ was at the top of the charts, I was bearing the weight of some personal and professional mistakes and they just weighed so so so heavy on my spirit, and I was just not myself,” Hilson said at the Silence The Shame Panel according to XoNecole.
“Although I was at the mountain of my life, really the trajectory of my dream – I was at the pinnacle, you know? I was severely unhappy and then add to that, this is when I decide to jump out of an eleven-year relationship. Bad decision, bad timing,” Hilson added.
“But it all just kind of spiraled for me, and became something I had never been through. I had never recognized myself as a person who can’t pick themselves back up. I mean, I was literally on stage crying.”
Keri also added that media headlines had an intense negative impact on her because of “attacks on her character.”
“You don’t know where a person is, it’s not just about what you are feeding your audience, but what you are doing to the creators. There are a lot of undeserving people that are being attacked by just a headline,” Hilson shared. “You don’t understand some of the worst days of my life were from a lie. An attack on my character. And I am an amazing person. I do say that because I’ve done the work to become that and all I ever wanted to be was just a great human being.”
Meanwhile, Hilson got emotional during an interview with psychic medium Reginald Lewis on a segment for Steve Harvey’s “Steve” daytime show when discussing her seven-year hiatus from the music industry.
“I think I had to give up music for a while. I stepped away,” the singer said with tears in her eyes. “I thought it would just be a year. It’s been six, maybe. I realize now that I’m grateful for all of those years. I have built myself back up.”
The psychic tells Hilson that her grandmother wants her to be at peace and make a musical comeback.
“It is sort of a comeback, because I’ve hit rock bottom a few times and I’m crawling back to walking in my purpose,” the singer replied.
Watch the segment below:
In related news, on International Women’s Day, Keri hit up social media to announce a campaign with the aim to re-launch her career. It involves a live auction which will be set through IfOnly where fans can bid for a chance to be 1 of 8 people who will be given a tour of Hilson’s studio and an exclusive listen to her new album. According to The Source, the proceeds of the live auction are to be sent to the Keri Hilson Foundation and used to “enrich the lives of women & children through arts, education, health and fitness.”
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