Sadly, self-harming is all too common and these 5 celebrities have all struggled with it in the past. Speaking on why they turned to physically hurting themselves or explaining what they went through, these 5 stars have honestly spoken on their own personal struggles in the hopes of highlighting the issue and reaching out to fans who might be going through the same thing.
Angelina candidly admitted she self-harmed. She opened up on her experience to try to help others: “The reason I talked about going through certain pains of even cutting myself is that I was already out the other side. I knew there were people who did that, and were happy somebody admitted they did and discussed how they got out of it. I don’t see the point of doing an interview unless you’re going to share the things you learn in life and the mistakes you make. So to admit I’m extremely human and have done some dark things, I don’t think makes me unusual or unusually dark. I think it is the right thing to do and I’d like to think it’s the nice thing to do.”
Cara was struggling to deal with her mother’s drug addiction and often felt like hurting herself: “All of a sudden I was hit with a massive wave of depression and anxiety and self-hatred, where the feelings were so painful that I would slam my head against a tree to try to knock myself out. I never cut, but I’d scratch myself to the point of bleeding. I just wanted to dematerialise and have someone sweep me away.”
Christina went through some emotional pain she tried to release by harming: “I used to burn myself. I was in a lot of emotional pain. When you’re a teen unable to accept how much pain you’re in, physical pain gives you justification.”
Demi explained why she turned to self-harm: “There were times I felt so anxious, almost like I was crawling out of my skin – that if I didn’t do something physical to match the way I felt inside, I would explode. I cut myself to take my mind off that. I just didn’t care what happened. I had no fear.”
Megan revealed she did harm herself and that she thinks many girls can feel the way she did: “Yeah, but I don’t want to elaborate. I would never call myself a cutter. Girls go through different phases when they’re growing up, when they’re miserable and do different things, whether it’s an eating disorder or they dabble in cutting.”