Keke Palmer opens up about her struggle with depression and anxiety growing up.

You may know her from her awesome performance on Fox’s Grease Live. Or you may recognize her from the hit show Scream Queens. But before she went big time, Keke Palmer got her big break on Nickelodeon starring in the show True Jackson VP.

And while the world was being introduced to this awesome, talented girl, Keke was feeling crazy anxious on the inside. She recently opened up on her blog about her mental health issues she struggled with that led her to create her never-released album Waited to Exhale.

I did not spread my wings because I was told I couldn’t fly a certain way and I believed it! I stopped trying all together because I allowed people to make me believe that being an artist meant having big budget music videos and big record producers backing you. When in reality, all being an artist means is to be fearless in your creative pursuits. My anxiety, caused by the habit of unconsciously holding my breath, coupled with the stress of my personal life at that time created a lot of hard years of depression for me.

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 But throughout the years, Keke was able to come back from her depression, and we are so proud of her! She wrote,

It was so hard for me to fight through my anxiety and my depression but God put me through it so I can tell you! You must believe in the dark so when the light comes on everything is seen clearly.

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Keke is truly an inspiration. We can’t imagine what it must have been like to suffer with depression while simultaneously coming into the public spotlight. We’re so happy for her and we hope she continues to be a happy and healthy role model.


Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel (by far!), but when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her hanging with her kitty Tom or tweeting at Sen. Chuck Schumer.

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