Anna Sheffer
Updated Aug 01, 2019 @ 10:03 am

When Billie Eilish‘s debut studio album hit shelves in March, it catapulted her to pop stardom. But even though she’s now one of the most famous recording artists in America, Eilish still has to deal with the problems that many other teens face—including mental health issues. In the cover story for the August 2019 issue of Rolling Stone, published on July 31st, Eilish opened up about her mental health struggles past and present, as well as how she works to take care of herself.

The 17-year-old singer said she first experienced depression as a 13-year-old, when she injured her hip while dancing and quit her competitive company as a result. Eilish said the injury sent her “down a hole” and that she even endured a “self-harming phase.” The depression continued for the next few years, even as she started to gain recognition as a singer.

But these days, the “Bad Guy” singer seems to be doing a bit better. She shared that she “[hasn’t] been depressed in a minute.” She did say, though, that before she left on tour, she felt overwhelmed at the prospect of being on the road and had panic attacks for the first time ever.

It got bad enough that she decided to start seeing a therapist—even though she’d tried therapy in the past and hadn’t liked it.

“I have a job that doesn’t allow me to break down,” she said. “I can’t go cry somewhere, I can’t go scream and be mad. I have to work.”

In addition to therapy, Eilish found solace in horseback riding and driving her new car. On tour, she chartered a separate tour bus for her friends so they could join her on the road.

It’s important to prioritize your mental health, and we’re glad to see Eilish taking care of herself. Whether it’s through therapy, medication, exercise, or something else entirely, it’s all about doing what works for you. In the meantime, we’re applauding Eilish and others for talking about this important subject.