The entertainment world looks like it is perfect and the celebrities who make up this world are the picture perfect role model for many. However, what one fails to realize is that these celebrities are also human beings like us who suffer from the same problems as normal people do.
In a recent video released for a denim brand, Bollywood actress Ileana D’Cruz opens up about her struggles with depression and how she suffers from a condition known as body dysmorphic disorder. The actress, who appears to have a perfect body according to all beauty standards, has been suffering from these problems for the past 15 years.
The video starts off by D’Cruz explaining how she has already been in the movie industry for the past 11 years but how she never wanted to be an actor initially.
“I was a shy, self-conscious person once I hit my teens. I was constantly picked on for my body type. The obsession started when I was 15; My entire life goal was to be accepted by everyone. It’s what I wanted the most but I never got it. I was always the wallflower.”
“I didn’t even know I had a body disorder so when I started off with acting, it just got worse. There was a period, approximately three years ago, where I would go from happy to completely depressed and not knowing what it was,” she added. The most comforting thought to me was what if I just end things now? Thankfully, I realized this is not right.”
The Main Tera Hero actress then talks about how depression is tricky to understand.
“I never expected to be someone who’d be dealing with anxiety or depression. I’ve got everything I want and more and you wonder, why are you so depressed? I still don’t know sometimes.”
“When I was diagnosed with depression and was told that I have a body disorder, there was a sort of acceptance that came with it immediately. That is the biggest step you can take, you can’t move forward otherwise. You’re not meant to be perfect, you’re meant to be flawed.”
D’Cruz follows in the footsteps of fellow celebrities like Deepika Padukone, Anushkha Sharma and Karan Johar, who have openly talked about depression and other mental health disorders.