Cara Delevingne Reveals She Had a Mental Breakdown as a Teenager
The 23-year-old Suicide Squad actress recently opened up to Esquire about her struggle with depression growing up.
“I think I properly started dealing with depression when I was about 16, when all the stuff with my family started to make sense and came to the surface. I’m very good at repressing emotion and seeming fine. As a kid I felt like I had to be good and I had to be strong because my mum wasn’t,” she explained of her mother’s addiction issues.
Cara added, “So, when it got to being a teenager and all the hormones and the pressure and wanting to do well at school — for my parents, not for me — I had a mental breakdown. I was suicidal. I couldn’t deal with it any more. I realized how lucky and privileged I was, but all I wanted to do was die.”
She went on the explain that although she doesn’t agree with medication, it helped save her life. She now copes with her depression through artistic outlets like acting and poetry.
To see what else Cara had to say, visit Esquire.com.