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Monday, August 24, 2020

Singer Brandy Reveals She Once Contemplated Suicide


Nationwide — R&B superstar Brandy has recently opened up about her years-long battle with depression. She said that she once contemplated taking her own life after being involved in a car crash that killed another woman.

Brandy rose to fame during her teenage years when she starred on her own show and became the first Black woman to play Cinderella on screen. She initially felt “pure joy” but eventually felt trapped by her “perfect” public image.

In 2006, Brandy was involved in a car accident that killed a 38-year old woman. She settled out of court with the woman’s family and was not criminally charged. But that and other painful events involving personal relationships led her to depression.

“I remember laying in bed super depressed,” she recalled in an interview with People. “I [told] myself, ‘So, you’re just going to go out like this? That’s wack. You have a daughter. If you can’t do it for yourself, do it for her because this is not the way to leave a mark in her life.”

She was thankful for her now-18-year old daughter, Sy’rai, for bringing her light in her darkest years. She said, “If Sy’rai wasn’t here, I wouldn’t be either. The place that I was in, it just felt like I wasn’t going to make it through.”

Brandy, who is now 41-years old, recently released her new album B7 for the first time in over 8 years. She admitted that she hesitated to express her vulnerable side on the record at first.

“I was thinking, ‘Did I go too deep? Did I go too far in what I was singing about?’ But I didn’t dwell on those thoughts,” she said. “I’m in a place now where I can be proud of moving in the right direction.”

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