Fame, Fortune, and Mental Illness

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Did you say, Sylvester Stallone?

We are living in a time where celebrities have so much influence on our society. You may notice how a lot of people dress and even behave like their favorite stars. Most of us have a favorite celebrity, right?

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Stealing husbands since 1978. Thanks, John Travolta.

My sister’s favorite (for the moment, anyway) is Abel Tesfaye, or The Weeknd, as most people know him. I’m almost certain Dillon has a man-crush on John Travolta, too.

 

Me? Eh. I kind of like Sylvester Stallone. A little.

These celebrities may seem perfect to us and they surely don’t have problems, right? Well, you’d be wrong to think so.

Though money does help some of our problems, several famous people will say they have some sort of mental illness. Even the Rocky and Rambo star, Sly, has admitted to falling into depression. People say, “What do they have to worry about? They don’t work hard for their money. They just sit there and get money handed to them.” This is just not true. I may not know a whole lot about the industries, but actors, singers, and everyone else who is famous has been through so much to get where they are.

Before they were well-known, a few celebrities lived through hard times. Jim Carrey was homeless before he was able to get a start on his career. I admire him for not giving up after the first bad gig. If it were me, I would have cried and vowed my revenge on everyone who made fun of me. Kidding, but I would have probably given up out of shame.

 

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What do you mean, fan-girling?

There are a lot of reasons why we can get depressed or anxious. For celebs, it may be the stress of keeping up with their work. We don’t really take into consideration what all is done. There are shows to perform, fans to engage with, brands to create, paparazzi to avoid, managers to follow, and so many other tasks and responsibilities. And they have to do all this while maintaining their reputation and skills. I can barely manage a birthday party without breaking down and eating all the cake, myself.

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Totally not obsessed. Nope.

That’s enough to be stressed about. They, basically, have no privacy. Then, there is substance abuse, fear of their career falling, worry for their families, and general anxiety.

Though mental illness can be a part of fame and fortune, too, I have so much respect for the ones who make mental health be heard. Pete Wentz, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Keke Palmer, Colin Farrell, Halle Berry, Glenn Close, and so many others have spoken up about their struggles and opened up to their fans.

So, Sylvester Stallone may be famous, but he has been through a mental illness and overcome it. This makes me an even bigger fan.

Now, I await my Rambo T-shirt. Or an autograph. Whichever Mr. Stallone would like to send. Not that I’m obsessed or anything.

Who is your favorite celebrity?

Love you!
-Courtney

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