Destiny's Child star Michelle Williams has spoken out about her battle with depression.
The singer revealed that in recent months she has steadily been returning to normal life having suffered moderate depression for years.
The 32-year-old credited her recovery to a combination of exercise, therapy and positive thinking and commented "I've dealt with depression. I had to choose to get out of bed and do whatever I needed to do to be happy."
Illinois-born Michelle said she first began tackling the illness at the young age of 16 but has managed to avoid taking medication to do so.
In her statement Michelle stressed the need for sufferers to seek help saying "Go see a professional so that they can assess you. It's OK if you're going through something. Depression is not OK, but it is OK to go get help."
Now looking to the future, later this month Michelle will begin starring in a touring production of Broadway musical Fela! She also has a new single ready for release and a solo album in the making.
Also out this January is Destiny's Child record Love Songs. The album is a collection of previously released songs plus an additional new track co-written by Michelle.
The song, entitled Nuclear, is the girl groups' first new recording since 2004.
"Stacking those harmonies on top (of) each other gave me goose bumps," Michelle said of recording the new song. "We were like, 'We still sound good together.' Duh! The bond will never die. We're always going to be close. We're always going to work together."
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