Brandy Opens Up About Her Decades-Long Battle With Depression

"If Sy'rai wasn’t here, I wouldn't be either," she says. "The place that I was in, it just felt like I wasn't going to make it through."

Back with her first album, B7, in nearly eight years, Brandy Norwood opens up about the highs and lows of child stardom and her decades-long battle with depression.

In an interview with PEOPLE, Brandy spoke about how she was a bit lost musically, creatively and spiritually eight years ago, opening up about her decades-long battle with depression.

“I had to pull myself together, I had to pull it all together and make it all make sense,” the R&B star said.

For the 41-year-old who entered the music scene at the age of 15 with her self-titled debut album in 1994, the last two decades have been a tumultuous rollercoaster ride.

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Early on, she says fame felt like pure joy, but despite her ever-positive upbeat image, she began to feel trapped by her “perfect” public image as she matured.

In 2002 the singer welcomed daughter Sy’rai, with then partner, producer Robert Smith, however had a heartbreaking split after just a year.

As time passed, Brandy confronted both tragedy and controversy when she was involved in a car accident that claimed the life of a 38-year-old woman in 2006. Following this, along with the heartbreak of failed relationships, she found herself deeply despondent.

“I remember laying in bed super depressed,” she says. “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 credits Sy’rai, now 18 and a 2020 high school graduate, for pulling her out of the darkness she felt. “If Sy’rai wasn’t here, I wouldn’t be either,” she says. “The place that I was in, it just felt like I wasn’t going to make it through.”

Staying on top of her mental health with therapy, meditation, journaling and her faith, Brandy says she’s finally feeling back on track.

“I’m in a place now, where I can be proud of moving in the right direction,” the singer says.

B7 is currently available on all music streaming services.


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