Chrisette Michele Opens Up About Being Dropped From Her Label, Having A Miscarriage, & Suicidal Thoughts
It’s unfortunate that, most of the time, although celebrities are always in the spotlight living what seems to be the lavish life to most, people tend to forget that these same people also face struggles just like those who aren’t. For renowned singer-songwriter Chrisette Michele, she has definitely seen her share of ups and downs.
Recently, Michele took to Instagram to open up about her recent struggles, and our hearts broke for her, deeply. Back in January of 2017, despite many other black artists turning down an invitation to perform at President Trump’s Inaugural Ball, the songstress actually accepted it–which resulted in an upset fan base, being disowned by her family, and receiving a grand amount of backlash from the public eye. Her defense was that she was willing to be a bridge. However, regardless of her purpose for performing, Michele still suffered lots of overwhelming backlash.
After posting an array of women who she’s looked up to and/or admired, on her Instagram, in one of Michele’s following Instagram posts, she opens up about the depression and suicidal she faced, afterward. She even admits to turning to drugs and alcohol as she slipped into a dark place.
People ask me how I’m so positive after all I’ve been thru….. When you’re laying in bed naked, next to a bottle of Bacardi and Xanex. When you wear pajamas Morning and night. When you don’t pick up the phone for weeks, months. When you’re afraid to look at social media. I know I’ve sown positive seeds. I know I’ve lifted people. I know I’ve been a part of community activations and black empowerment. When a community sticks its middle finger up at you and completely forgets everything you’ve ever done, you’re worthless… You’ve just spent ten years kicking your own ass to be there for everyone and suddenly no one is there for you? I don’t need to be here…. And when you’ve drank so much you can’t see clearly. And when your speech is so slurred you just stop speaking. You hope you don’t wake up. Thing is. I know God. He was kind enough to soften the blow. I promise you, I felt Him cover me like a blanket. I told Him I was out of control. I told Him I was having thoughts about leaving and not finishing all He’s called me to. He listened. There in lied my therapy. Music was written in this prayer closet of sorts. Dialogue with God. Call me crazy, but it’s better than being dead. There’s no one who will make me apologize for shouting from the roof tops that I have the overcoming story of a powerful and #StrongBlackWoman
She then went on to reveal that she had also undergone a miscarriage, “You don’t have to be a celebrity to fail, to fight, to struggle. Pain is universal,” she says. “I had a long cycle. Something came out of me. It was my child. The one my love and I worked so hard on. I never knew I could allow myself to be so broken that my physical body would break down. A miscarriage? Me?”
Unfortunately, many still continued to bash the “Blame It On Me” singer, as she has, as of late, been accused of lying about her miscarriage.
But, through it all, and although the experience she has faced is heartbreaking, Chrisette Michele is using the experience to push forward and continue to be a strong black woman. Her plan was to release a new album, titled Strong Black Woman, under her label. That is until they dropped her right after she delivered the album to them. In another caption, she says, “If social media wanted to pull me down, I guess they succeeded as it pertains to Capitol & Caroline records. I complete an entire album and my label decides to walk away from me.”
If social media wanted to pull me down, I guess they succeeded as it pertains to Capitol & Caroline records. I complete an entire album and my label decides to walk away from me. Capitol records. I was quiet for a few days… I go into the studio and literally poured out my heart and soul and the label decides to walk away from me? It’s one thing to be a strong black woman, it’s another thing to be a strong black woman who has to fight against the worst odds. I went from someone being revered and loved to facing putting out an album in the worst climate of my musical career. No victims here. I get it…. But absolutely human here. How hard can you try to break someone? How hard can you try to ruin someone? How much hate do you need to spew to show me you want to see my demise? I won’t stop #StrongBlackWoman
Amidst her tribulations, Michele has actually released a new single, which, considering that it holds the same name of her unreleased album, was going to serve as the title-track of the project. Take a listen.
Times seem to be pretty tough for Chrisette Michele, at the moment, but she is currently dedicating herself to healing through sessions of yoga and prayer.
We send our deepest condolences and only hope that Michele continues to get better.
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