Bella Hadid gave fans just a glimpse into her battle with mental health issues in a series of tearful selfies shared to Instagram on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old supermodel wrote a lengthy caption in attempts to relate to her millions of social media followers after praising Willow Smith for publicly discussing her own mental health on her platforms.
Bella, the youngest daughter of former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Hadid, noted that ‘social media is not real’ as she shared nine teary-eyed photos while connecting with her fans.
Bella tagged Willow in the caption: ‘I Love you and your words. It made me feel a little less alone and that’s why I’d like to post this.’
‘Sometimes all you’ve gotta hear is that you’re not alone. So from me to you, you’re not alone,’ she wrote. ‘I love you, I see you, and I hear you. Self help and mental illness/chemical imbalance is not linear and it is almost like a flowing rollercoaster of obstacles… it has its ups and downs , and side to sides.’
‘But I want you to know, there is always light at the end of the tunnel, and the rollercoaster always comes to a complete stop at some point.
‘(There is always room for it to start up again, but for me it’s always been nice to know that even if it’s a few days, weeks, or months, it does get better, to some extent, even for a moment.)
She added: ‘It took me a long time to get that in my mind , but I’ve had enough breakdowns and burnouts to know this: if you work hard enough on yourself, spending time alone to understand your traumas , triggers, joys, and routine, you will always be able to understand or learn more about your own pain and how to handle it.
‘Which is all that you can ask of yourself. Anyways. Not sure why but it feels harder and harder to not share my truth on here. Thank you for seeing me and thank you for listening. I love you.’
It’s not the first time Bella’s disclosed mental health issues.
In an interview with Vogue published earlier this year, Hadid gave insight into her first few years modeling and public reception to her straight-faced expression.
‘People used to make fun of me and say that I never smiled,’ she said. ‘It was just because I was in a really bad place physically and mentally.’
She told Glamour in 2019 that her depression and anxiety were crippling and she was ’emotionally unstable’ when she was working 14-hour days for four-months straight as an 18-year-old in the industry.
‘I would cry every single morning, I would cry during my lunch breaks, I would cry before I slept,’ she said.
‘I feel guilty for being able to live this incredible life, have the opportunities that I do, but somehow still be depressed. It doesn’t make sense.’
She has since been on a mission to destigmatize mental health issues.
‘I feel like I would be doing a disservice to myself if I didn’t speak about something such as mental health, because that’s pretty much what I’ve been going through for the past five years very intensely,’ she told the publication. Now we’re here and we’re good, but it took a while.’