HAYLEY WILLIAMS Writes Personal Essay About Mental Health!
Over a year since the release of their fifth studio album After Laughter, Paramore’s Hayley Williams wrote an essay for Paper Magazine where she tackled her "life with After Laughter". She talked about her struggles with mental health and "a dark moment when life fell from underneath her”.
"I didn't eat, I didn't sleep, I didn't laugh... for a long time,” Hayley explained in her well-written editorial. "I'm still hesitant to call it depression. Mostly out of fear people will put it in a headline, as if depression is unique and interesting and deserves a click. Psychology is interesting. Depression is torment.”
Although she had her dark moments a couple of years ago, she stated that the songwriting process for their latest album was what kept her alive.
"This is what I call "Life with AL" — short for After Laughter. It's a little dumb, but it helps me mark this time as a significant turning point in my life. Like a Saturn return. I'm noticing similar movement in my friends' lives too. More presence and awareness. More tenderness. I'm alive to both pain and joy now. I have my old laugh back, as my mom says. The one that takes over my body and sends me out of myself for a few seconds. And only a couple years ago, I had hoped I'd die.,” Hayley revealed.
Read the entire essay of Hayley Williams here. Check out a live performance of their latest single “Rose-Colored Boy” earlier this month - a song that talks about the "social expectation to be happy”.
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